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Performing Arts in India: A Policy Perspective

Shovana Narayan (Author)
Synopsis Performing arts has occupied a distinct and unique position in India since ages. The arts have been part and parcel of the Indian life and its ethos. A unique feature of Indian culture has been is interactions with the outside world throughout its 5000 years of history. This has led to both fusion and synthesis in performing arts. The performing arts over a period of many centuries have been given patronage by the state. In a way it helped in the development of these arts. Since Independence the government has also created a large number of institutions for strengthening these arts. Inspite of various measures and directions given in this area, it looks that these arts are under severe test today. The ethos prevailing today seems to be without a national perspective on performing arts because of narrow interpretation of state patronage, apathy on the part of administrators and society and little realization about socio-economic contribution of performing arts. Over a period of time in the development of performing arts a number of issues are engaging the attention: how to increase awareness of pride in our cuclture to sustain the interest of artists, etc. It is in this perspective that this book examines the role of government, private entrepreneur, the common man and of the performing artists. An effort has also been made to the functioning of the performing arts in view of the external stresses that we are facing today. This book also reviews the governmental efforts so far and provide a policy perspective on performing arts.
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About the author

Shovana Narayan

Shovana Narayan is one of the outstanding classical dancers of India. For her incomparable contribution to the Kathak style of classical dance, she has been decorated with several awards, including Government of India's coveted Padmashri and Sangeet Natak Akademi awards. She has bestowed Kathak with dignity and enriched it with a deeper and wider canvas of expression and dimensions. She is at once, an explorer, a performer, a choreographer and an artiste par excellence, with values and a cause. The explorer and researcher within her have seen her author six books on Indian dance, which bespeak of intensity, depth and gravity. She has also worked closely with nationally and internationally acclaimed Indian and western dancers and musicians from various streams of art. Shovana's palette contains other media, including films and operas as well as being a dedicated guru whose disciples are creating their niche in the world of Kathak that once again bears testimony to the intensive training being imparted by her. She is also a senior serving civil servant belonging to the Indian Audits and Accounts Service (1976 batch). Married to Dr. Herbert Traxl, Austrian Ambassador, the two have a son, Erwin Ishan Traxl. Her younger sister, Ranjana Narayan, is a lawyer and a classical singer. Other books by the author: ˜Kathak: Rhythmics Echoes and Reflectioin- (Roly Publication); ˜Dance Legacy of Patliputra' (Publications Division, govt. of India); ˜Indian Theatre and Dance Traditions" (Harman Publications); ˜Performing Arts: A Policy Perspective" (Kanishka Publications); "Kathak" "A Handbook (Wisdom Tree Publication); "Indian Classical Dance" "A Handbook (Sterling Publication).

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Title Performing Arts in India: A Policy Perspective
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173915622
length viii+135p., Figures; Tables; Annexures; Index; 23cm.