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Tradition of Indian Folk Dance

Kapila Vatsyayan (Author) India library
Synopsis When the first edition of `Traditions of Indian Flok Dance' was released in 1976 it was universally acclaimed as a path-breaking work. Why? For the first time it provided a clear conceptual framework for comprehending the seemingly simple, but actually complex, panorama of dance traditions generally classified as `folk' and `tribal'. It placed the numerous dance forms in their ecological, regional, linguistic, social and cultural context. By doing so it argued that dance movement and body language are indicators for comprehending and appreciating the multi-layered phenomenon of the cultural patterns of India in their pan-Indian identity as also local specificity.

The book inspired and guided scholarship over the last three decades. Today when these forms have received attention and are presented in urban milieus and international forums, there is the danger of these forms being de-contextualized. The book is an invaluable guide for those who wish to present these forms with authenticity. Besides, it has valuable material for social scientists and cultural historians.
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Kapila Vatsyayan

Kapila Vatsyayan artist and art historian is internationally acknowledged as the pioneer of evolving alternate models of research for establishing inter and intra-relationship of different domains of knowledge and creativity. Her own work moves from a deep understanding of the primary textual sources of the East and West, principally Sanskrit and English, and a direct experience of the arts as performer. It focuses attention on the inter relationship of the concept and creative interpretation in architecture, sculpture, painting, music, and dance. The kinetic image enables her to delve deeper into the textual and oral sources and the fundamental metaphysics which govern form and structure of the arts. She has convincingly drawn attention to the sacred geometry which pervades all the Indian arts. As visualiser of the conceptual plan of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, she leaps across many disciplines, questions the conventional boundaries and finally establishes several bridges of communication between traditional thought and modern science. This has resulted in many multi-disciplinary studies of space and time, nature and culture, man and society, chaos and order. Her holistic integral vision is explicit in the volumes she has edited on these subjects. Her first work, Classical Indian Dance in Literature and the Arts, is a milestone by experts the world over. This work was followed by many others including the definitive study of Dance in Indian Painting, The Theoretical Basis of Asian Aesthetic Traditions; Traditional Indian Theatre: Multiple Streams; six volumes on Gita Govinda; Bharata and the Natyasastra; and the Square and the Circle of the Indian Arts. She has edited the volumes on Concepts of Space: Ancient and Modern and Concepts of Time: Ancient and Modern published by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi.

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Title Tradition of Indian Folk Dance
Series India library
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2010
Edition 3rd ed.
Publisher Clarion Books
Language: English
isbn 8185120226
length 319p., 8 Plates; Color Illustrations; Maps; 28cm.