Classical Indian Dance

Class at Pennsic 30

August 5-19, 2001

By Lakshmi Amman

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Begde, Prabhakar V. Living Sculpure: Classical Indian Culture as Depicted in Sculpture & Literature. New Delhi: Sagar Publications, 1996.

  • great for sculpture, dance, aesthetics, ornament, hair, and cosmetics in Ancient India (mainly circa 1200)

Board of Scholars. The Natya Shastra of Bharatamuni. Delhi: Sri Satguru Publications, 2000.

- translation of Bharata’s Natya Shastra. Very complete, but not always particularly unified

Gaston, Anne-Marie. Bharata Natyam: From Temple to Theatre . New Delhi: Manohar Publishers & Distributors, 1996.

- great overview of dance and dance training from approxiamately 1900-modern day. Great for detailed look at what dance has evolved to from the beginnings of Bharata Natyam to the present day.

Hiriyanna, M. The Essentials of Indian Philosophy . London: Diamond Books, 1996.

- heavy duty historic philosophy text, very detailed and grounded in historic religious texts

Mitchell, George. The Hindu Temple . Chicago and London: The Univeristy of Chicago Press, 1988.

- book about the position of the temple in Hindu society and religion

Randacharya, Adya. The Natyasastra, English Translation with Critical Notes. New Delhi: Munishiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt Ltd, 1996.b

- translation of the Natya Shastra by a reknown theater expert. Very cohesive, but not complete (translator passed away before completion and publication).

Sindhoor, Aparna. Dance teachings in Cambridge, MA. August 1999- July 2000.

- Mysore style, a style with a great focus on abhinaya and sringara, very detailed and precise movements

Triveni Dance Studio, Dance teachings in Brookline, MA. September 2000- February 2001

- more generic dance classes, Madras-based style, quicker learning, less detail oriented

Useful Sites

Though not particularly used for this class, a number of useful sites for Indian danceh and other persona related research and supplies can be found at: