Indian Dance: Theory and Practice

-  Dr Urmimala Sarkar

The course deals with Indian dance practices, basing the study in an analytical framework to understand dance historiography in the context of Indian society and culture, covering the areas of aesthetics in Indian dance; Natyashastra and its applications in the structuring and restructuring process in dance; and, social spiritual, political, dynamics of dance in India.

The course aims to cover tradition and transition in dance in India, reviewing the dance history specific to each of the eight classical dances, and also the problematic of the concept of contemporary dance in the practice of Indian performers- bringing in local and global issues of significance.

Suggested Readings:



• Sharda Adya Rangacharya, Natyasastra, New Delhi, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers, 1996

• Sally Banes, Writing Dance: in the Age of Postmodernism, Hanover and London: Wesleyan University Press, 1994

• Rustom Bharucha, Women / Dance / Resistance, New Delhi, Harper- Collins, 1995

• Uttara Asha Coorlawala, Classical and Contemporary Indian Dance: Overview, Criteria and a Choreographic Analysis, unpublished manuscript of Ph.D dissertation, New York University, 1994

• Shovana Narayan, Performing Arts in India: A Policy Perspective, New Delhi: Kanishka Publishers and Distributors, 2003

• Kapila Vatsayan, Indian Classical Dance, New Delhi: Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, 1974

• Kapila Vatsayan, Traditions of Indian Folk Dance, New Delhi: Indian Book Company, 1978

• Kapila Vatsayan, “Some terms of Indian Arts: An Analysis”, Paper presented at the International Seminar “In Search of Terminology” Central Institute of Indian Languages, New Delhi, 1982