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Apsara: In Indian Art and Literature

M L Varadpande (Author)
Synopsis This monograph presents scholarly exposition of the Apsara myth and its evolution through centuries. Mentioned for the first time in the Rig Veda Apsara find mention in Indian scriptures, epics, Puranas, dramas, poetry and numerous literary works. As a creation of ancient water cosmology she is described as a exceedingly beautiful and charming person adept in dancing, singing as well as art of seduction and amorous sports. The monograph speaks of her profound influence on Indian art which is particularly visible on the magnificent medieval temples in the form of female sculptures of immense beauty famous all over the world. Written in lucid style the book reveals the story of Indian water nymph, the Apsara, in its infinite variety.
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About the author

M L Varadpande

Associated with universities, academic bodies, drama schools and institutions in various capacities M.L. Varadpande is known for his ingenious writing on Indian art, literature and culture. His books include: History of Indian Theatre Vol. I, II, III; Mahabharata in Performance; Krishna Theatre in India; Religion and Theatre; Ancient Indian & Indo-Greek Theatre; Invitation to Indian Theatre; Critique of Indian Theatre (Edited); Traditional Indian Theatre; Dictionary of Indian Theatre.

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Title Apsara: In Indian Art and Literature
Format Hardcover
Date published: 17.01.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8182900913
length 116p., Figures; Bibliography; 32cm.