|The existence of Bandha
Nritya can be obtained from treatises, sculptures, literature, paintings
and guru-shishya parampara. Down the ages, Bandha Nritya/Natya has been
mentioned in various treatises though they differ in definition and practice.
They are Nartana Nirnaya of Pundarika Vithala, Sangeet Makaranda of Veda
Pandita, Sangeet Chintamani of Vemabhupala, Abhinaya Darpan Prakash of
Jadunath Singh, Abhinaya Chandrika of Maheswar Mohapatra, Sangeet Darpan
by Chatura Damodar.
('Bandha Nritya' by Aloka Kanungo, Nartanam, Jan-Mar 2003)
|The text of Gita Govinda
also provides ragas and talas to each one of the songs, and ragas to the
preceding and following slokas. The 24 songs were composed in 12 ragas
and 5 talas. But since the modes of singing have changed since the days
of Jayadeva, both in northern and southern India, the ashtapadis are assigned
ragas according to the latter day sampradaya.
('Jayadeva's Gita Govinda: Architectonics of love and religion in dance' by M Nagabhushana Sarma, Nartanam, Aug-Oct 2007)
|King Sarabhoji II of Tanjavur composed many songs for dance and lent his name as a signature to compositions by court musicians.|