Rasas in Bharatanatyam

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Prakruti Prativadi has danced Bharatanatyam since she was a child. She has trained under internationally acclaimed Bharatanatyam Gurus and has performed all over the world. She is committed to preserving and perpetuating this sacred art.

Prativadi is the founder and director of Kala Saurabhi Dance School in the greater Boston, Massachusetts, area. She trains and teaches Bharatanatyam students and choreographs, directs, and produces Bharatanatyam dance performances.

Prativadi is also trained in classical Indian music and is fluent in Sanskrit, Kannada, and Tamil. Her gift for languages has allowed her to study the origins of Bharatanatyam. She has spent seven years researching and reading Sanskrit texts and other ancient treatises on Indian art and aesthetics. Prativadi combines this scholarly research with practical techniques to create a comprehensive guide to Bharatanatyam.

Prativadi is an aerospace engineer, working in the industry and has worked on NASA projects.

Rasas in Bharatanatyam

First in a Series on Indian Aesthetics and Bharatanatyam

Authored by Prakruti Prativadi
Edition: 1

Bharatanatyam is a dance with ancient origins that has been enjoyed by both practitioners and audiences alike for millennia. Dancer, teacher, and researcher Prakruti Prativadi now explains the purpose of Bharatanatyam and Indian aesthetic theory in Rasas in Bharatanatyam.

In this easy-to-understand guide, Prativadi delves into the heart of the classical art of Bharatanatyam by explaining the objective of the dance, which are Rasas. These concepts are described through an engaging dialogue between a questioning student and wise teacher. Whether you are a seasoned dancer or an eager beginner, Rasas in Bharatanatyam illuminates the rich concepts and culture of Bharatanatyam.

Prativadi goes back to original Sanskrit texts and treatises, such as the Natyashastra, to reveal the full meaning of this thoughtful and powerful form of expression. Prativadi explains Rasas (aesthetic experience) and their relationship to Abhinaya (emotive acting). With graphics, tables, illustrations, and photographs, she shows you the foundation of the dance and techniques to help you become a well-rounded practitioner.

Prativadi also emphasizes the importance of learning the cultural context of the dance. Prativadi honors the dance’s long cultural and spiritual roots. She discusses the philosophy and aesthetic theory that form the basis of every performance.

Publication Date:
1540877299 / 9781540877291
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Full Color
Related Categories:
Performing Arts / Dance / General

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