ISBN 9788121512428,Classical Dances and Costumes of India

Classical Dances and Costumes of India



Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt Ltd

Publication Year 2015

ISBN 9788121512428

ISBN-10 8121512425


Number of Pages 94 Pages
Language (English)

Folk dancing

The Classical Dance and Costumes of India by Kay Ambrose steers clear of the twin evils of writing: the learned writing for the learned and the dilettante writing for others of his class. It treats the four classical schools of Indian dance--Bharata Natyam, Kathakali, Kathak and Manipuri--with understanding and objectivity. The reader is provided with a sketch of Indian mythology and music before he is exposed to the dance proper, which are presented in such a manner that none will experience any difficulty in learning the divine and mundane aspects of these schools of dance. The chapter on the costumes of India gives not only idea of the correct costumes of the particular schools of dance but also of the endless variety and rich colour of Indian costumes. In addition to classical dances, the reader is given a taste of Indian folk dances and dances of Ceylon. The technical sketches more than supplement the text. The reader will not only be able to understand the various dance styles but recognize them while witnessing public performances. A few, if they try hard, may be able even to demonstrate authentic dance styles. Clarity and economy of expression coupled with accuracy of illustration are the hallmarks of this book which no dance-lover should miss.
About the Author

Kay Ambrose was author, artist and designer. She studied fine arts at Reading University from 1933 to 1936 and again in 1943-44 where she won awards in drama, elocution and dance. She made her first mark in the world of dance as an author and illustrator of many books on dance. In 1938 she illustrated Arnold L. Haskell's book Ballet. In a span of about twelve years she wrote several books, many of which became collector's items.She travelled with Ram Gopal and his Indian dance company as art-director, lecturer and dancer, after which she wrote the still definitive Classical Dances and Costumes of India in 1950.She accepted a position as artistic director in National Ballet Company of Canada in 1952 designing around thirty productions for the company. After 1961-62 season Ambrose took a sabbatical from which she never returned. Upon hearing of her untimely death, Celia Franca cabled to her surviving relatives: "Ballet world has lost one of its most talented and best loved artists