Books, Video Cassettes, CDs on Odissi

Odissi, Indian classical dance art = Odisi nrtya
by Sunil Kothari
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American Indian Ballerinas ~ Usually ships in 24 hours
Lili Cockerille Livingston / Hardcover / Published 1997
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Classical Indian Dancing
M. Bose / Hardcover / Published 1970
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Indian Classical Dancing : The Therapeutic Advantages
Kanaka Sudhaker / Hardcover / Published 1992
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Kathak, Indian Classical Dance Art
Sunil Kothari / Hardcover / Published 1990
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Kuchipudi Bharatam or Kuchipudi Dance : A South Indian Classical Dance Tradition (Raga Nritya Series No 5)
K. Uma Rama Rao / Hardcover / Published 1992
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Narthaki a Directory of Classical Indian Dance
Anita Ratnam Raj / Hardcover / Published 1992
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Rhythm in Joy Classical Indian Dance Traditions
L. Samson / Hardcover / Published 1987
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Bharata Natyam Indian Classical Dance Art
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Traditions of Indian Classical Dance
Mohan Khokar
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Indian Classical Dancing : The Therapeutic Advantages
Kanaka Sudhakar,

Video Cassettes on Dance :

Given To Dance: India's Odissi Tradition
(1/2 in. VHS) 1970 High School-Adult 52 minutes Color TLF

A program that deals with Odissi dance, associated with the temple of Lord Jagganath in Puri, Orissa. In the past, a few families ritually married their young daughters to Lord Jagganath. Their daughters then trained as devadasis (female servants of the Lord, supported by the temple) to sing and dance in the temple. The British colonial administrators mistakenly labeled the devadasis "temple prostitues." There are interviews with the last of the decadasis as they describe dancing for the Lord. We meet gotipuas, boys dressed as girls who provide a more popular form of the dance outside the temple. And we meet contemporary performers of Odissi dance, who attend workshops and talk about dancing for self-fulfillment. The program captures the dynamics of an elaborate dance tradition undergoing not one--but two--reinterpretations. Contempory South Asia Documentary Series.

CD - ROM on Dance :

Indian classical dance forms are very rich in expression and gestures. Nouns, verbs, adjectives, and prepositions are conveyed through the hands, the face and also body language. The "Indian Classical Dance" CD-ROM has a comprehensive section on Abhinayas (expressions), Hastas (hand gestures) and Nritta (pure Dance). In addition, the technique section of Bharatanatyam is especially exhaustive. Every technique is explained in detail not only through text but alongwith an accompanied photograph or video.

Understanding any classical dance becomes easier once one learns how it evolved. Every dance has a fascinating story to tell about its beginnings and its growth to pre-eminence. The "Indian Classical Dance" CD-ROM is embellished with a section on the history of all the Indian Dances.

Gurus & Artists
In Indian culture gurus (teachers) are highly respected. This is especially evident in the performing arts. The "Indian Classical Dance" CD-ROM gives the user an insight into the great gurus. Examples include: Padma Subrahmanyam, Dr. Kanak Rele, Yamini Krishnamurthy, Kelucharan Mahapatra, Jhaveri sisters, Birju Maharaj and many more.

The "Indian Classical Dance" CD-ROM also profiles some of the virtuoso performers of all the 7 Indian classical dances. It gives the user an insight into the artist's progress, achievements and contribution to the dance form that has given them world wide recognition.

Indian Classical Dances

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