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Theory and Practice of Angikabhinaya in Bharatanatyam

Sandhya Purecha (Author)
Synopsis In this book only some portion of my PhD thesis is appearing in published form. In the first chapter I have traced the origin of dance from the Vedic period and its evolution and development latter Indian Classical Dance Style known as Bharata Natyam, here a good material is supplied regarding the position of Devadasis. In the second chapter the general idea is given about the subject of Natyashastra. In the third chapter however attention is concentrated on Rasadhyaya and Bhavadhyaya of Bharata's Natyashastra and Abhinaya, Dharmi, Vrtti Pravrtti, Tandava, Lasya, the types of hero and heroines and Tala and Sangita. The fourth chapter deals with the theory and technique of Angikabhinaya not only in Bharata's Natyashastra but also in other allied texts. Here also the charts are presented and photographs are added. So far as the second part of the work is concerned there is a discussion on contemporary Bharata Natyam, its innovations. For the benefit of students and their future guidance proper care is taken to give the explanation of technical terms of Bharata's Natyashastra with the help of other Ancient Sanskrit texts with notations and charts.
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About the author

Sandhya Purecha

Dr. Ms. Sandhya Purecha prosecuted her higher studies in the Bombay University and particularly Wilson College, Mumbai. In the year 1986, she stood second in B.A. from Bombay University with distinction in Sanskrit, and won five prizes. In the year 1988, she completed her M.A. with distinction from Bombay University in Sanskrit in Alamkar Shastra as her principle subject. Thereafter she secured LL.B. Degree in the year 1994. In the year 2001, she was awarded Ph.D. degree by the Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek, Nagpur. She was also awarded the best child actress award by the Govt. of Maharashtra in the year 1978. The Govt. of India conferred on her National Fellowship for the year 1998-2000 for research on natyashastra. She has also earned good reputation by her performances on the National and International levels. She received the benefit of learning under the guidance of the great Guru Acharya Parvatikumar for Bharata Natyam & the basic training in folk was under Shri Ramesh Purav. It is worthy of note that she has participated in several Seminars held at different places and earned meed of praise from the experts. She has also developed academic interest and her ten valuable paper are published in the research journals related to dance. So far the twenty essays as connected with dance and written by Dr. Ms. Purecha have seen the light of the day. At present she is working as a director of Kala Parichaya, Mumbai and has given the benefit of her knowledge to about 3000 students out of whom about 20 students have got national recognition. She is also connected with the Sarfojiraje Bhosale Bharatanatyam Training and Research Centre in the capacity of the Hon’ble Secretary & Managing Director. At present she is working on the critical edition of Nrityadhyaya of Sangita Darpanam with the practical insight. In near future she has also determined to print an English rendering of Nritya Ratna Kosha of Kumbha Raja. Thus in Dr. Ms. Sandhya Purecha’s personality there is a harmonious combination of academic flavour and practical wisdom in the domain of dance.

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Title Theory and Practice of Angikabhinaya in Bharatanatyam
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
length xviii+ 608p., Charts; Illustrations; Tables; References; Bibliography; 29cm.