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Performing Artistes in Ancient India (Series: New Vistas in Indian Performing Arts 4)


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ISBN 10: 8124602077 / ISBN 13: 9788124602072
Published by D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd., New Delhi, 2003
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Theatre in ancient India or natya incorporated various aspects of art and different branches of knowledge in its very definition-not only histrionics but also dance, music and fine arts and branches of learning like history, philosophy and science. This work traces the evolution of the ancient Indian theatre, focusing on the contributions of the performing artistes. This scholarly treatise deals at length with aspects of dramatic performance like nature, kinds and members of dramatic troupes, abhinaya, the stage and auditorium, incorporating a number of visuals to depict the dramatic scenes etched by artists on pillars, temple walls, caves and objects. It classifies the different kinds and levels of performers : Actors like Sailusa, Sailalin, Mankh Kasilava, Nata and Bharata, and actresses like professional actresses, courtesan actresses, divine actresses and so on. It refers to Natyasastra and other noted works on dramaturgy and their authors, and gives examples and illustrations from the famous epics, Buddhist and Jam literature and other works like the Arthasastra to throw light on values associated with drama and its actual performance in ancient times. The book, presenting well-researched facts and giving an insightful analysis, will prove useful to researchers and teachers of classical Indian art. Contents Foreword Preface I. GENESIS OF INDIAN THEATRE II. ACTORS AND THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THEATRE IN ANCIENT INDIA : 1. Shailusa 2. Shailalin 3. Shobhanika and Granthika 4. Mankha 5. History and Contributions of Mankhas to Theatre 6. Kushilava 7. Nata 8. Bharata 9. Actors of Noble Birth 10. Natacarya or Natyacarya III. ACTRESSES AND THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THEATRE IN ANCIENT INDIA : 1. Professional Actress 2. Professional Actress from Royal Harem [Antahpura] 3. Courtesan Actress 4. Apsarases : The Celestial Dancers 5. Role and Functions of Apsarases and Courtesans 6. Art of Female Theatre Artistes as Reflected in the Depiction of the Art of Apsarases 7. Female Performing Artistes in the Form of Devadasis 8. Origin of Devadasi System 9. History and Contributions of Devadasi to Theatrical Art 10. Female Performing Artistes of Noble Birth 11. Stri-Preksha IV. DRAMATIC TROUPES, ABHINAYA, STAGE AND AUDITORIUM : 1. Dramatic Troupes : i. Member of the Troupe : a. Sutradhara b. Pariparshvika c. Bharata d. Vidushaka e. Tauripa f. Kushilava g. Nata h. Natakiya i. Play-wright j. Backstage Workers : Mukutakara - Abharanakrta - Malyakrta - Vesakara - Citrakara - Rajaka - Karuka ii. Inter-troupe Rivalry iii. Travelling Troupes iv. History of Troupes 2. Abhinaya or Histrionic Expression i. Sattvika Abhinaya ii. Angika Abhinaya : a. Mukhaja Abhinaya b. Sharira Abhinaya c. Ceshtakrita 3. Vacika Abhinaya : i. Sanskrit Pathya or Speech in Sanskrit ii. Prakrit Pathya or Speech in Prakrit iii. Samanyabhinaya or General Expression Pertaining to Voice and Speech iv. Citrabhinaya or Particular Expression Pertaining to Voice and Speech v. Aharyabhinaya or Expression Through Make-up and Costume : a. Bharata as a Prayokta: A Review of the Acting Style Known from Natyashastra 3. Stage and Auditorium : i. Open Air Theatre ii. Cave Theatre iii. Pavilion or Mandapa Type of Theatre V. SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC STATUS OF PERFORMING ARTISTES 1. Reasons 2. Glimpses of the Everyday Life of Performing Artistes i. Regular Exercise ii. Good Diet iii. Physical Charm iv. Bhrukumsha 3. Close Relationship Among Performing Artistes i. Habit of Drinking ii. Rehearsals of the Plays 4. Economic Status Printed Pages: 311. Bookseller Inventory # 1877

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Title: Performing Artistes in Ancient India (Series...

Publisher: D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd., New Delhi

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Edition: First edition.

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A major new work on drama in ancient India, role of actors and actresses, training, drancing groups, devadasis, influence and representation of Buddhism, Hinduism. useful on art, religion, early Indian history. many illus, very good binding and printing

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