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Folk Dance Traditions of India

Shovana Narayan (Author)
Synopsis Folk Dance Traditions of India is a comprehensive and detailed study of the bewildering diversity of folk dances that forms the landscape of Indian art panorama. The book has a very wide coverage for in addition to discussing a number of folk dance forms pertaining to the various states of India, it also dwells on occasions and themes for folk dances, folk dances as part of folk theatre, associated festivals, formations and patterns, martial arts as well as a discussion on the tribes involved. It encapsulates the ethos and motivations behind celebrations that lead to expression in dance. It also incorporates discussion on the related subjects of use of masks, costumes and puppetry traditions as well as musical instruments that are commonly used by folk artistes in different parts of India. This book will undoubtedly serve as an encyclopaedia for Indian folk dance traditions.
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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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Bibliographic information

Title Folk Dance Traditions of India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8187226935
length xii+272p., Figures; Col. plates; Maps; 29cm.