CONTENTS: EARLY EXPERIMENTS: (1) Modern Dance: The Contribution of Uday Shankar and his Associates/Kapila Vatsyayan; (2) Tagore and Modernization of Dance/Manjusri Chaki Sircar; (3) Traditional Dance and Contemporary Choreography/Mrinalini Sarabhai; (4) Reflections on New Directions in Indian Dance/Chandralekha, INNOVATIONS IN SPECIFIC FORMS: (5) Innovations in Kathak/Kumudini Lakhia; (6) Manipuri Dances: Extending the Boundaries/Sunil Kothari; (7) Navanritya - A Contemporary Methodology: History, Theory, Practice/Ranjabati Sircar, PERSONAL EXPERIMENTS: (8) Search for My Tongue/Daksha Sheth; (9) Re-membering "Winds of Shiva"/Uttara Asha Coorlawala; (10) Creating Endless Possibilities/Astad Deboo, EXTENSIONS AT HOME AND ABROAD (11) Dance in Films/Arundhathi Subramaniam; (12) Explorations in Bharata Natyam Abroad/Mamata Niyogi-Nakra; (13) Growths and Outgrowths/Sanjay Roy; (14) Reinscribing "Indian" Dance/Uttara Asha Coorlawala, A CROSS-SECTION OF CHOREOGRAPHIC WORKS.
In this volume, the voices of dances, choreographers, innovators, scholars and critics are heard. Their contributions cover a wide range of topics which mirror the new directions Indian dance is taking - not one but many, enchancing the volume-s documentary value. The tradition of abstraction is explored, as are the material arts and other dance traditions employed by dancers to express their concerns and urges to create and experiment with contemporary themes. Issues of inter-culturalism and modernism are discussed. Illustrated generously with images by photographes of international repute, the book reveals the mystique of the new Indian dance.