About the Book
A Bharatanatyam performance is an effective mix of communicative and non-communicative aspects. The communicative aspect is called Abhinaya.
The non-communicative Part comprises pure dance sequences. These segments called Nritta, add zest and life to a performance. Every Nritta sequence is a well-planned sequence of individual units called adavus.
A full-length performance usually goes on for about 1 ½ hours and consists of about 6-7 items. Alarippu, Pushpanjali, Jathiswaram, Sabdam, Varnam, Padam, Javali, Thillana etc. are the traditional items. Each item has its own unique proportion of Nritta and Abhinaya. A complete set of the traditional items is called Margam. The longest item is the Varnam. Here, long sequences of orally uttered rhythmic syllables called Jathi are performed. This is a unique speciality of Bharatanatyam.
The tradition jewellery of Bharatanatyam which is very typical of the style, is made by jewellers in Vadaseri in Nagercoil. It is made of silver and covered with gold foil and is embossed with stones of red and white having a characteristic dull and muted finish.
This book discusses all the above aspects of Bharatanatyam and more in full detail with lot of multi colour photographs. All single and double hand mudras, navarasas, conceptual pictures and so have been captured in multi colour in glossy in glossy foreign art paper making this book a visual delight. Another rare feature of the book is the capturing of the making process, work shop and artisans involved in the temple jewellary craft in the remote Vadaseri.
An added attraction of the book is the segment, Bharatanatyam-Word by Word, which is designed as quick scanner with a convenient index to enable referring to specific terms without necessarily running through the whole book.
This book, with its unique features, is sure to help readers to get closer to Bharatanatyam.
Major Constituents of Bharatanatyam
Bhava and rasa
The Performance and Syllabus
More about Bharatanatyam
About the Stage and more...
Nritta (Pure Dance)
Types of Adavus
Some other aspects of the form
Abhinaya-the art of communication
Lokadharmi and Natyadharmi
Padartha and Vakyartha Abhinaya
Some useful Suggestions
Some tips for the viewer
Utilisation of Mudras
From Bhava to Rasa
Creation of Rasa-Rasothpatthi
The role of music in creating Rasa
More on Navarasas
A Critique of the Bharatanatyam Repertoire
Padams, Javalis, Varnams
Bharatanatyam-word by word Understanding a narrative (361-376)
Single and Double hand Mudras
From the Editor’s Desk
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