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Books useful for dancers By scholar VAK Ranga Rao
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"ASPECTS OF ABHINAYA"
Kalanidhi Narayanan
The Alliance Company
244, Ramakrishna Mutt Road
P O Box #617, Mylapore
Chennai 600004
Ph: (044) - 24641314
A personalised, no nonsence approach to Abhinaya, not bogged down by the Shastras.

"BHAAVA NIROOPANNA"
Kanak Rele
Nalanda Dance Research Center
Plot A-7/1, N S Road # 10
J V P D Scheme, Vile Parle (W)
Mumbai 400049
Ph: (022) - 26206326
Fax: (022) - 26245008
e-mail: nalanda1966@gmail.com
Part science, part self experience, lucidly put together by committed
academician, dancer, choreographer Kanak Rele.

"DANCE DIALECTS OF INDIA"
Ragini Devi
Vikas Publications
E-28, Sector-8,  Noida 201 301
Ph: +91-120 - 4078 900
email: helpline@vikaspublishing.com
The best window available on the classical dance systems of India as they existed half a century ago.

"NATYA BRAHMAN: THE THEATRIC UNIVERSE"
Anita Ratnam
SAHER
C/o Karnatic Music Book Center
14, Sripuram 1st Street
Royapettah, Chennai 600014
Ph: (044) 28111716, 28113253
e-mail: kmbc@vsnl.net
A comparative study between Bharata's 'Natya Sastra' and Aristotle's 'Poetics' which reveals the inter connectedness between theatre traditions of the West and the East.

"PURANIC ENCYCLOPAEDIA"
Vettam Mani
Mothilal Banarsidass
A - 44, Naraina Industrial Area,
Phase - I, New Delhi 110028
Ph: (011) - 25795180, 25792734, 25793423
e-mail: mlbd@mlbd.com
A comprehensive and reliable guide towards understanding characters big and small from our puranas.

"THE DANCE IN INDIA"
Enakshi Bhavnani
Foreword by: Kamaladevi
Publisher: D B Taraporevala Sons & Co. Pvt Ltd, Mumbai
Published: 1965; Reprinted in 1984. Now out of print.
Hardbound coffee-table book on the classical dance system half a century ago which offers a slightly different perspective. Individual Prefaces on their respective dance forms by: E. Krishna Iyer, Sitara Devi, Gopinath, Kabichandra Kalicharan Patnaik, Natyacharya Sri Banda Kanaka Lingeswara Rao, Bharatacharya Sri Chinta Krishnamurthi Bhagavatulu, Nayana Jhaveri, and Verrier Elvin.

"THE RAMAYANA"
Lakshmi Lal
Orient Longman Ltd
Kamani Marg, Ballard Estate
Mumbai 400001
Ph: (022) - 22616918 / 22616919
Impeccable english, an overview of the many Ramayanas prevalent in India.

"UNDERSTANDING BHARATA NATYAM"
Mrinalini Sarabhai
The Darpana Academy of Performing Arts
Usmanpura, Ahmedabad 380013
Ph: (079) - 27551389  
e-mail: admn@darpana.com
An indispensable guide to every dancer, teacher, onlooker of Bharatanatyam.

"VALLABHACARYA ON THE LOVE GAMES OF KRSNA"
James D Redington
Motilal Banarsidass
A - 44, Naraina Industrial Area,
Phase - I, New Delhi 110028
Ph: (011) - 25795180, 25792734, 25793423
e-mail: mlbd@mlbd.com
A book that makes the Krishna Philosophy accessible to the dancer without mouthing pious platitudes about jeevatma paramatma.

"WHEN GOD IS A CUSTOMER"
A K Ramanujam, Velcheru Narayana Rao, David Shulman
Oxford University Press
Y M C A Library Building
Jai SIngh Road, New Delhi 110001
Ph: (011) - 23273841-2, 23253647
email: delhi.in@oup.com
An introduction through translation to the wonderful world of dance and shringara through the lyrics of Annamayya, Kshetrayya,
Sarangapani and Kandukuri Rudrakavi.
None of these books are perfect and flawless. All of them are helpful. Use with caution
Ranga Rao VAK

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