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Kathak The Tradition

Fusion and Diffusion by: Ranjana Srivastava

The book narrates the history of the Kathaka dance art: its origin, continuous evolution and struggle for existence from ancient to the medieval period. It discusses the influence of Kathakya Acarya, Sage Katha and his sampradaya on Kathaka, besides generic similarities between Rasalila and present-day Kathaka.

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ISBN: 9788124604731
Year Of Publication: 2008
Edition: 1st
Pages : xx,268
Bibliographic Details : 31 b/w photographs; 45 Coloured photographs; Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 25 cm
Weight: 850

Overview

The book traces the history of Kathaka from ancient to the medieval period: its origin and continuous evolution in a struggle for existence through a process involving fusion, diffusion and adaptation. It studies its etymological meaning in a painstaking effort which involves a discussion on the influence of Kathakya Acarya, Sage Katha and the generic similarities between Rasalila, Hallisaka, Carcari, Rasa, and present-day Kathaka. It shows that Kathaka has an ancient origin and is an indigenous Indian dance. It deals with the three distinct sections that form the present-day Kathaka. Surveying a host of religious and secular literature including the Natyashastra, the Abhinaya Darpana and the Sangita Ratnakara and referring to sculptural reliefs from temples and illustrations from manuscripts including the Akbar-Nama, it undertakes a detailed and illuminating study of gestures, postures, movements and stances of Kathaka. An attempt to help readers gain a better insight into the Kathaka dance, the volume will interest practitioners and lovers of classical dance forms of India.

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgement
List of Illustrations
Introduction
1. Kathaka Etymological Meaning, Origin and Development of the Word
Does the Word Convey the Same Meaning in the Present State of Affairs?
2. Katha (Narrative) and its Tradition: A Comprehensive Survey of Religious and
Secular Literature
3. Indian Narrative Art from the second Century bce to the Mediaeval Period
Black & White Plates
Coloured Plates
4. Kathaka — A Classical Dance: Its Gestures, Postures, Movements and Stances
Samabhanga, Samapada and Samadamsha/Hamsasya Arala
Ta, Thei, Tata
The Varada Hasta
Svastika
Cakkara and Mandala
Tram
Ghata (Pitcher)
Pushpaputa hasta
Padhanta
Katyavalambita or Katisamsthita hasta
Dandahasta (Gajahasta)
Grace and Ada of the Kathaka dancers
Tritala
5. Kathaka — An Indigenous Indian Dance: A Reconstruction of the History Through the Ages
Bibliography
Index

Meet the Author
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Prof. Ranjana Srivastava, Head of Deptt. of Dance; Dean, Faculty of Performing Arts, B.H.U., 2005-08, is an artist, a performer, a researcher and a choreographer of international repute. She is credited with starting Kathaka Diploma Classes from the scratch in the Faculty of Performing Arts, B.H.U., which has now grown into a Deptt. of Dance enrolling students from abroad. A disciple of stalwarts like Guru Vikram Singhe, Pandit Shambhu Maharaj, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Pandit Sunder Prasad and Guru M.R. Kalyanpurkar she is a recepient of the Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. She has published many research papers, a book, Tantra-Mantra-Yantra in Dance, and has completed a UGC sponsored major project: “Dhrupada Natya: A Reconstruction”. She has also directed many performances, group dances and ballets in Kathaka.
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