A sweeping look at the magnification of Indian culture through its varied dance form, Indian Classical Dance: Tradition in Transition is a tour de force through the forms, characteristics, challenges and change occurring in traditional dance. At one level, it is a compendium of classical dance, an exploration of its moods and majesty, an ode to its sublime aesthetics. At another level, it is a stunning visual and scholar
Portrayal of the human of sheer grace, structured movement, cultivated expression and divine harmony.
About the Author
Leela Venkaqtaraman’s career as a writer on dance began as the dance Critic for the National Herald in 1980, after which she was with another daily, The Patriot. Selected as the Dance Critic for The Hindu when the paper began its Delhi edition fifteen year ago, she has been with the paper ever since, her Friday Review column earning a reputation for being the most incisive commentary on the dance scene in the capital. Widely traveled in India and abroad, she has participated in seminar on Bharatanatyam in the Diaspora in Chicago, the North American International Dance Seminar in Malaysia. Leela Venkataraman hasn written extensively for journals in India and abroad , and is on the Delhi Bureau of SRUTI, amonthly journal published from Chennai. She was also on the Board of a full term. Among her publications are bharatanayam – Step by Step and A Dancing Phenomenon-Birju Maharaj.
Avinash Pasricha comes from a family of photographers. He, literally, grew up in a studio and became photo editor of SPAN magazine in New Delhi from 1960 to 1997. His photographs have been published in Life and National Geographic as well as in several books on India. He has specialized in photography of the performing arts since 1960 and has co-authored books on Indian Dance Odissi, Kathak, and Kuchipudi with Dr Sunil Kothari; one entitled Rhythm in joy with dancer/writer Leela Samson; on Pandit Kumar Gandharva and Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra with Roli books. Over the last forty-five years, he has covered a wide range of subjects, even making audio-visuals on Indian dance forms and on eminent musicians Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Begum Akhtar and Kumar Gandharva. He now works as a freelancer