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Odissi: What, Why & How: Evolution, Revival & Technique

Madhumita Raut (Author)

Odissi did exist as a distinctive style of dance about 2,000 years ago when Natyashastra, one of the ancient Indian treatises on dance and dramaturgy, was written.  Aesthetic sensuousness, flowing movements and rare lyrical grace within a classical framework have won for Odissi dance an ever increasing clientele during last three decades. Odissi-What, Why & How.. traces the origin and development of Odissi dance with a special emphasis on the renaissance years of odissi, the period which saw the efflorescence of Odissi as it came to be recognized as a prominent classical dance of India.  The book also throws light on the technical aspects of Odissi, based on Natyashastra, Abhinaya Darpana and Abhinaya Chandrika.  Detailed chapters have been devoted to Navarasas, various Moods of Nayika, feet positions and more.  A special section is dedicated to Aharya (adornments) and Vachika (Musical accompaniment of Odissi).  The book aims to  be a source of joy for Odissi dancers and connoisseurs alike.

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About the author

Madhumita Raut

Madhumita Raut is the torch-bearer of her illustrious father Guru Mayadhar Raut’s dance legacy. Guru Mayadhar Raut is the pioneering spirit who revived Odissi with Shastra-based knowledge. A dynamic dancer, dedicated Guru and a scholar of repute, Madhumita Raut has taught and performed Odissi in more than 28 countries. She lives and works in New Delhi, where she runs Jayantika Association’s Mayadhar Raut School of Odissi Dance. Perseverance, continuous efforts and an uncompromising commitment to her art makes her today an artist to reckon with.

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Robert Lum - Must Read!! Jan, 01, 1970

Its must read for everybody!!

Bibliographic information

Title Odissi: What, Why & How: Evolution, Revival & Technique
Format Hardcover
Date published: 09.01.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher B.R. Rhythms
Language: English
isbn 818882710X
length vii+124p.