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Kathak: The World of Shovana Narayan

Kamal K. Mishra (Author) Girishwar Mishra (Editor) Binay K. Jha (Editor)
Synopsis This work is the first of its kind in the world of performing arts that explores and investigates into the motivation, psychology and personality through the medium of choreographic works of a multifaceted artist, which in this case is the celebrated Indian classical dancer of the Kathak style, shovana Narayan. A living legend in the field of art, she has set a unique trend by rederfining dance and a dancer’s life for she is the first ever professional career dancer who combines a full fledged career as a senior serving civil servant in the Government of India. She epitomizes the essence of the Natyasastra patra that should be imbued with eleven characteristics such as Rasa, Bhava Abhinaya, Dharmi, Vritti, Pravritti, Siddhi, Svara, Atodya, Gana and Ranga. Thus, she is the true representative of the Indian cultural heritage that the Sastras speak about in the context of a ‘personality’. This book makes a serious enquiry into the authenticity of the origin of choreo-graphic works of which became trend setters whether it was the use of flares of the skirt in Moonlight Impressionism (1993) or the use of English text (1992) or to themes relating to philosophy and social awareness (1983) onwards) or performing with dancers of other styles (1976 onwards) and to music from around the globe (1982 onwards). Besides an in-depth analysis that covers a wide range of expression and emotions, the book also includes views of eminent philosophers, poets, writers, art journalists, eminent political and administrative personalities as well as leading performing artists. Choreographic works of Shovana who has dared to be ‘different’ and has not been afraid to tread unbeaten paths, reflect her innate sensitivity and a deep respect for humanity.
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About the authors

Kamal K. Mishra

Kamal K. Misra is Professor and Head, Department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad. He had his academic training at Utkal University, Bhubaneswar; Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; and the University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom. He is also a recipient of commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship and the Fulbright Fellowship. Dr. Misra has taught at Utkal University, the University of Hyderabad and at Austin College, Texas, USA. He specializes in Environmental Anthropology, Anthropological Linguistics and Theory in anthropology. He has extensively carried out fieldwork in Northeast, Central and South Indian tribal and rural communities. His publications include Social Structure0 and Change among the Ho of Orissa (1987), Tribal Elite and Social Transformation (1994), Text Book of Anthropological Linguistics (2000), and Peoples and Environment in India (2001), co-edited with M.L.K. Murty. He has over 50 research papers published in national and international journals, and book chapters. Dr. Misra is on the Board of Editors of Indian Anthropologist, and Man and Life.

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Girishwar Mishra

Girishwar Mishra, Ph.D. is Professor and Former Head, Department of Psychology, University of Delhi, Delhi. He has been President of the National Academy of Psychology and Member Executive Committee of International Association of Cross-cultural psychology.

Binay K. Jha

Binay K. Jha, belongs to teh I.R.S. maintains a keen interest in Literature and the Arts, including performing arts. He has written dance drama scripts and performed on stage throughout India.

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Bibliographic information

Title Kathak: The World of Shovana Narayan
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173917256
length xii+202p., Plates; 25cm.