ISBN 9788121512589,Dance Drama in Theory and Practice, Vol. I

Dance Drama in Theory and Practice, Vol. I



Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt Ltd

Publication Year 2013

ISBN 9788121512589

ISBN-10 8121512581


Number of Pages 365 Pages
Language (English)

Folk dancing

Dance Drama in Theory and Practice is a documentation of nearly a hundred years of growth and development of a precious art-form that developed in south India, more particularly in Tamil Nadu. The origin of Dance Drama may be traced to the Sanskrit Drama which is firmly grounded in lyrics and music. Texts like Natyasastra and Abhinayadarpana are the basis for both Dance and Drama. Dance forms like Bharatanatyam, Kudiyattam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali, Yaksagana and Bhagavatamela, as also Bhajana tradition, Harikatha, and some of the folk traditions too might have contributed to the development of Dance Drama.The book consists twelve chapters, in which the first two chapters are introductory by nature. The dance dramas of some of the important dance schools are discussed till the eighth chapter. The contributions of some of the senior artistes in the field are acknowledged in the ninth chapter. Artistes of the younger generation who have come to the fore in the twenty-first century and their presentations are analysed in the next chapter. There are also some new trends in the present-day dance dramas which are discussed in the penultimate chapter. In the last chapter, some pointers to the future are highlighted. The book is well-served by illustrations, pictures, and drawings.
About the Author

Dr S. Ramaratnam is the Vice Chancellor (designated) of Jagadguru Kripalu University, Odisha. Before taking up the present assignment, he was working as the Vice Chancellor of Sri Sri University, Odisha. Having worked as the Director of Management Institutes and Principal of colleges, he has more than forty-five years of experience.A major part of his career was spent in Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College, Chennai, where he worked as Professor of Sanskrit and the Principal. He is an MA, PhD in Sanskrit. He also holds a degree in Indian Music. His other qualifications include a DLitt degree, MBA, and MPhil (Management), etc. Dr Ramaratnam is truly a multifaceted personality. He has been awarded titles such as Samskrta Ratna, Sahitya Vallabha, Kalasastra Parangata, and Bharata Kala Nipuna. He has worked as Visiting Professor at Oxford and Mauritius Universities. Dr Ramaratnam has presented papers in conferences held in several countries. He has authored a number of books and over fifty articles in leading journals