CONTENTS:- 1. Bengal contacts with Tamilnad/R. Nagaswamy; 2. Dance in the sculptures and paintings of Bengal/Mahua Mukherjee; 3. Devadasi of Bengal/Banani Chakraborty; 4. The technical aspects of Gaudiya Nrtya/Payel Roy; 5. Hastabhinaya of Gaudiya Nrtya/Debjani Dutta; 6. Aharya Abhinaya of Gaudiya Nrtya/Sukla Banik; 7. Margam of Gaudiya Nrtya/Barnali Debnath; 8. Influence of Natyasastra on Gaudiya Nrtya/Ambali Praharaja; 9. Odra-Magadhi: Gaudiya Nrtya and Odisi Nrtya/Ranjana Dutta; 10. Depiction of dance in the popular literature of Bengal/Urmimala Sarkar.
This collection of essays on Gaudiya Dance brings to the notice of scholars a distinct style of dance, hitherto uninvestigated, which is characterized by a beautiful blending of devotional religion and art. Dance, music and drama constitute the essential features of Gaudiya Dance. Each of these features form a wholesome symbiosis. This dance seems to have considerably influenced the other classical dances of India. What is really remarkable is that Gaudiya Dance is essentially a Vaisnava form of dance, the technical aspects of which were explained in a number of scriptural works.