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Dance Legacy of Patliputra

Dance Legacy of Patliputra
Item Code: IDE307
Author: Shovana Narayan
Publisher: Publications Division, Government of India
Language: English
Edition: 1999
ISBN: 8123006993
Pages: 75 (Color Illus: 21, B & W Figures: 6)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 9.5" X 7.2"
260 gms
From the Jacket:

An attempt ahs been made in this book to trace the development of classical dance in Bihar from the Mauryan and Gupta periods, known for patronage to fine art, learning, administration and polity right up to the present age. It provides a detailed study on the dance scenario, hand gestures, postures and costumes utilized by the dancers of the area. It also, for the first time, documents the list of patrons and prominent artistes in the last 150 years.

About the Author:

"Padmashri" Shovana Narayan - the author of this book and Kathak dance virtuoso has added new dimensions to Kathak through innovative use of contemporary themes, poetry and philosophical works. She has pioneered a unique experiment bringing together three diverse dance styles, namely, the Spanish Flamenco, the European Classical Ballet and the Indian Kathak.


Chapter 1Introduction1
Chapter 2State of music and dance and the status of dancers9
Chapter 3Sources indicating the form of dance16
Chapter 4Rulers and zamindars as artistes and patrons39
Chapter 5Traces of hereditary Kathak families54
Chapter 6Summary of predominant artistes (dancers) of the last 150-200 years63
Chapter 7Conclusion72
Annexure 1 :Geneological table of Patna painters

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