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Essays on Classical Indian Dance

by Donovan Roebert

Deftly translating the visual experience from the domain of performance to that of writing, this collection delves into questions about what dance is and what dance means to heritage as well as to the various socio-cultural conflicts that prevail in the current. This work joins the historic list of connoisseurship practices of dance. Donovan Roebert’s keen sense of detecting the affective essence of sentiments (rasa) marks him as a connoisseur (rasika) who facilitates reflective imagery (darpan) of dance, both for the dancer and for the reader through the literary domain.

Dr. Swarnamalya Ganesh, University of Madras, India
  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9789814877473
  • Subject: Dance
  • Published: June 2021
  • Pages: 384

The book is a wide-ranging collection of essays on Indian classical dance, which include writings on dance appreciation, the criticism, theory and philosophy of dance, as well as some historical and light controversial articles. Also included is a seminal and unique monograph on the contribution of Sanjukta Panigrahi to the development of Odissi. The book approaches the subject from an internationalist point of view and opens up new possibilities for the appreciation of Indian dance in the context of a global intercultural critique. In addition, it is beautifully illustrated with a number of photographs captured by Arun Kumar. It will enrich and provide new ways of understanding for classical Indian dance, both for the dance community and for the general reader.