Based on diverse source material, it provides exhaustive information about all dance forms prevalent in different parts of India-it is virtually an encyclopaedia on the subject.
This dancing has come down to us in two major forms. One of these is close to the nature and life, this form is called Tribal or Folk. The other form is Classical. The Tribal or Folk dancing belong to the people as a whole, where as Classical dancing is for the initiated and for displaying. Some of the topics discussed in the present book are: Birth of Arts and Development, Find Arts, Dance and ancient Hindu society, Indian Dance and Sculpture, Indian Dance and Painting, Indian dance and Music, Musical Instruments, Indian Dance and Literature, Indian Dance and Drama, Historical development of Indian classical Dances, Bharatanatya, Kathakali, Kathak, Manipuri, Kuchipudi, Bhagavata Mela, Odissi, Mohini Attam, Technical terms of Bharata Natya, Standing Poses, Qualities of a female Dancer, Qualities of a female Dancer, Tala and their classification, Psychology of Rhythm in Dance, Folk dances of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala,Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, Bengal, Assam, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, and Kashmir, Creation of Indian Art, Dances in Modern Times, Tradition and Innovation, Performing Arts in Twenty first Century, Conclusion and References. This book is virtually an encyclopaedia of Indian dances.