Books on Indian Dances

Books on Indian Dances

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History of Natyasastra
History of Natyasastra
  • Publisher : Chaukhambha Surbharti prakashan
  • By : Dr. Paras Nath Dwivedi
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Language : Hindi
  • Edition : 2017
  • Pages : 588
  • Weight : 600 gm.
  • ISBN-10 : 9381484740
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-9381484746
The Nyayasutras with Vatsyayana Bhasya
The Nyayasutras with Vatsyayana Bhasya
  • Publisher : Sri Satguru Publications
  • By : Ed. Gangadadhar Sastri Tailanga
  • Cover : Hardcover
  • Language : English
  • Edition : 2016
  • Pages : 265
  • ISBN-10: 8170300428
  • ISBN-13: 978-8170300427
The Nyayasutras with Vatsyayana Bhasya [Ed. Gangadadhar Sastri Tailanga]
Bharatanatyam: How To…: A Step-by Step Approach To Learn The Classical Dance Form
Bharatanatyam: How To…: A Step-by Step Approach To Learn The Classical Dance Form
  • Publisher : BR Rhythms
  • By : Jayalakshmi Eshwar
  • Cover : Hardcover
  • Language : English
  • Edition : 2010
  • Pages : 345
  • Weight : 1.6 kg.
  • Size : 7.9 x 5.5 x 1.6 inches
  • ISBN-10: 8188827142
  • ISBN-13: 978-8188827145
Among the many styles of dance that we have on the subcontinent. It is perhaps Bharatanatyam which represents the dancer as Goddess; her costumes, her jewellery, her stance, the clear and precise geometries of the dance, its meaning, its techniques that reveal the visionary four dimensional geometries of Inner space in three dimensional sections. While the dance is seen on stage in front of an audience, yet it takes form in an invisible, mystical world from which the dance itself is believed to have emerged. Jayalakshmi Eshwar's book - "Bharatanatyam : How to..." states in simple terms all the first steps that are necessary to enter this world of dance. It would be an invaluable reference for students and teachers alike. - The book leads the student from the general ideas of the principles, methods and techniques of Bharatanatyam, to the main topic of the Dance units 'Adavus'. - The book is self-
explanatory with detailed pictorial and written instructions of the Adavus in a simple and systematic manner. - Over 1400 illustrations integrate to form a comprehensive reference. - A descriptive historical background to the dance form and it's evolution introduces the content. - In addition Separate Audio CD & DVD are also available
as support material.
India From Within
India From Within
  • Publisher : Indica Books
  • By : Alvaro Enterria
  • Cover : Hardcover
  • Edition : April 30, 2010
  • Pages : 588
  • Weight : 800 gm.
  • Size : 8.5 x 5.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10 : 818656991X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-8186569917
  • Product Code : BK14201

Indian society is manifold and extremely complex. The richness of the Indian subcontinent defies and exceeds all facile explanations or generalizations, and cannot be adequately interpreted through Western concepts.
This book tries to clear a path towards an understanding of this immense ountry, home to a civilization that has endured without interruption or millennia. In this small encyclopaedia of India, the author explains the roots and foundations of Indian civilization, covering almost every spect of indian culture; its broad topics include History, Religion, Society, Arts, the State, and Travel. Offering an illuminating selection of information concerning many aspects of India, this is surely among the most complete cultural guides about this country and its varied cultures.

About Author:

Since his first travel in 1981, Alvaro Enterria has made the knowledge of India his passion. He has lived and worked in India since 1989. He is a partner of the book company Indica Books, and lives in Varanasi with his wife from Orissa and their two children.
Alvaro Enterria has translated from Hindi and English into Spanish various short stories of modern Indian literature, which formed the book La aldea y la ciudad. Antologia de relatos cortos de la literatura contemporanea de la India (1998), and several short stories of the renowned Hindi writer Premchand, published under the name Premchand: Antologia de cuentos (2002).
In 2006 he published in Spanish La India por dentro. Una guia cultural para el viajero, a cultural guide trying to explain in depth to tourists and visitors many aspects of Indian culture and society which are generally bad known or misunderstood. The guide was well received and became a classic book on India. The present publication is an English translation of that book, of which an Italian edition has also appeared.
Mark Tully is well known in India. He was born in Calcutta and educated in England. He spent over twnety years of his life as BBC Delhi Correspondent and covered many of the major events in South Asia, inclulding the 1971 Bangladesh War, the Indian Emergency, the trial and hanging of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Operation Blue Star, the assassinations of Indira and Rajiv Gandhi, the destruction of the Ayodhya Mosque, and the Bhopal gas disaster. After leaving the BBC he continued to live in Delhi with his partner Gillian Wright and work as a freelance broadcaster, journalist and writer. He has written several books on India.

Sastric Tradition in Indian Classical Dances
Sastric Tradition in Indian Classical Dances
The book 'Sastric Tradition in Indian Classical Dances' focuses on textual tradition of performing arts (in the context of dance only). The rules pertaining to the fourfold Abhinaya in Natyasastra and other Sanskrta Laksana Granthas are correspondingly imperative and valid for all the classical dance forms even today. It is well known that our youngsters are much comfortable with English and for them Sanskrta appears to be an alien language, similar is the case with Rajabhasa Hindi. Keeping this in mind and for the benefit of non-Hindi speaking readers and researchers of India and abroad the present work is attempted in English. I hope it will serve the purpose and benefit the enthusiasts.

The Author

The author has received traditional training of Kathak from Guru Pandit Kalyandas Mahant and Pandit Ramlal Bereth of Raigarh Gharana. She obtained institutional training in Lucknow Gharana from Prof. P.D. Ashirwadam and Prof. Mandawi Singh. She received Hindustani vocal training under the guidance of Prof. Veena Vishwaroop. Acquired traditional learning of Hindustani Sangeet Shastra Parampara from Prof. Premlata Sharma.

She was awarded Junior & Senior Research Fellowship for her doctoral work “Kathak Nritya Ke Pariprekshya me Nayika Bhed” and Senior Fellowship of Ministry of Culture for Post-doctoral work on “Kathak Nrityaki Aitihasic Avadharana ka Punarmulyankan”.

Served as guest faculty in the Department of Kathak Dance for over ten years at Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya, Khairagarh (CG).

She completed tenure as Director, Kathak Kendra, New Delhi from Oct 2009 to Nov 2013. Publications

Kathak Kalpadruma in 2002. (Revised edition in press)

Gujarati work on music “Sangita Kaladhara” in 2006, by Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi. (Assisted Dr. Anil Beohar in abridged translation)

Nayika Bhed in Kathak in 2009.

KathakkaItihaas: Lakshya-Lakshan Parampara Adharit Adhyayan, with SNA, New Delhi for publication.
Kathak Parampara by  Mandavi Singh
Kathak Parampara by Mandavi Singh

  • Author : Mandavi Singh

  • Edition : 1990

  • Language :English

  • Size & Pages :Size 26 cm, pp. 224, Illus., 1990

  • Publisher : Swati Publications

  • Format : Hardbound

Rasia: The Dance of Desire
Rasia: The Dance of Desire

Two women wait for him at two different ends of the crossroads. He knows which path is his, but he can’t walk that path till he has attended to the other.

One perfect couple. An obsessed seductress. A bharatnatyam show in Manhattan, New York. One hell of a love story.

Raj Shekhar Subramanian and Manasi, both Bharatanatyam dancers, are made for each other. Till an obsessed fan, Vatsala Pandit, enters their lives, testing the man’s character and his wife’s patience. But then why does Manasi invite Vatsala to her Bharatanatyam show, for a dance of passion with her husband—the very man Vatsala wants to take from her? Why did Shekhar agree to take in Vatsala as his student in the first place?

This singular love story deftly explores the many facets of love—mutual trust, obsessiveness, the arrogance of passion, the need for self-fulfillment , the yearning for the beloved, and the complexity of modern relationships.


Koral Dasgupta is an author, columnist, academic and amateur painter. She runs a boutique storytelling platform,, which hosts short stories and poems written by people from all walks of life, across the world. Koral is also an advisory member for Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Mumbai. She teaches Marketing Management to postgraduate students, branding and consumer behaviour being her focal areas. Rasia: The Dance of Desire is her third book.

Koral is based in Mumbai, India.

Natyasastram( Ascribed To Bharata Muni )(2 Vols. Set)
Natyasastram( Ascribed To Bharata Muni )(2 Vols. Set)
The Harappan dancing girl sculpture shows, how old is the tradition of Natya viz. dance, drama and music in India. Samaveda is dedicated primarily to music; this again shows the importance of performing arts in ancient India. With such a rich legacy of dance, drama and music, India has given various great scriptures of this tradition to the world. The Natya sastra is such a scripture only. This scripture had been accepted as fifth Veda, as the same is gist of Vedas. According to scripture itself, "The recitative (pathya) he took from the Rgveda, the song from the Samaveda, the Histrionic Representation (abhinaya) from the Yajurveda and Sentiments (rasa) from the Atharvaveda and thus was created the Natyaveda.

With thirty-six chapters and over six thousand verses, this is encyclopaedia of Natya Vidya (Vidya of dance, drama and music). This comprises of every single aspect of Natya viz. it talks about the issues related literary constructions, set up of stage, details related to musical scales and murcchas, analysis of dance forms which considers several body gestures or mudras and movements along with their impact on viewers, it also educates the viewers about the etiquettes to be followed while watching a performance and it deals with Rasas.

Bharata muni describes 15 types of drama ranging from one to ten acts. Individual chapters deal with aspects such as makeup, costume, acting and directing etc.

With detailed theory of drama, Natyasastra is comparable to the Poetics of Aristotle. Bharata Muni refers to bhavas, the imitations of emotions, as per him eight principal rasas are srngara rasa (love), karunya rasa (pity), Raudra rasa (fury), Vibhatsa rasa (disgust), Vira rasa (heroism), Adbhuta rasa (wond

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