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Indian Performing Arts

Utpal K Banerjee (Author)
Synopsis Performing arts are a delight of the artists who have excelled in visual, oral-aural and moving art forms. Music, dance and theatre have coexisted for millennia in India and entered the 21st century in their full glory. Now, over the past one century, cinema has elevated itself to a distinctive art form. Music existed since the Vedic times and has been interpreted in dance. And cinema has thrived on the interplay of all the performing arts, not excluding painting. This book captures the rich tapestry of music, dance, theatre and cinema –covering painting as well- at the turn of the new millennium and touches upon the pulsating vibrations of their contemporary creativity. They make a composite whole, - in the perspective of a perennial India and with some resonance from the neighbourhood lands. The visions are vivid, the canvas is widely varied and the experience unforgettable. The overview builds from the existing scenario at the turn of the builds from the existing scenario at the turn of the 20th century and extends into the near future where one dares dream of shapes of the arts to come. The view remains kaleidoscopic: so needed by the aesthete and the art-lover –the connoisseur and the common man to delve into and to enjoy, even by sampling some of the best, attempted here. The book has been enriched by a wealth of pictures and photographs. Another independent dimension has been added with sketches by Raghav Bhatt and figures by Sampa Ghosh. Raghav is a Hyderabad-based Kathak exponent of very high repute, having won many laurels in India and abroad, and having illustrated many performing arts tomes already. Sampa is a senior puppet professional and scholar, besides being an artist-designer, whose first-ever website on Indian puppetry has already earned international encomium.
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About the author

Utpal K Banerjee

Dr. Utpal K. Banerjee's career is both varied and prolific. He has been an adviser on management and information technology for over thirty years and has an abiding interest in Indian art and culture. In 1998, he was sent by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) to lecture on art and culture in South America. Earlier lectures included those given in Canada and the USA in 1990 and 1995 when he was invited by ICCR and Kalabharati Foundation of Canada. His comprehensive book, Indian Performing Arts, has gone into several editions and another, Begali Theatre: 200 Years, has been published by the Publications Division, Government of India. His most recent works include Indian Performing Arts: A Mosaic and Indian Puppets. Dr. Banerjee's formal introduction to the visual and performing arts of the world came through several courses that he attended at the Extra-Mural department, University of Manchester, UK in 1969-72. He was National Project Director for the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) for a UNDP project on 'Multimedia Database for Art and Culture Documentation and Computerisation'. His articles appear regularly in India Perspective, Indian Horizons and The Pioneer. He has contributed to countless cultural programmes on the BBC, All Indian Radio and Doordarshan.

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Bibliographic information

Title Indian Performing Arts
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8186622756
length viii+220p., Figures; Plates; Index; 29cm.