Sign In

 
Forgot password?
Enter your username or email to reset and email yourself your password
Sign In
Welcome . For your security, please choose your password.
Sign In
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy
Sign up
for saving your wish list, viewing past orders
receiving discounts and lots more...

Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts

Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.

Share

Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Your Cart (0)
Books > Performing Arts > DANCE IN THUMRI
Displaying 386 of 1095         Previous  |  Next
DANCE IN THUMRI
DANCE IN THUMRI
Description

About the Book :

The book narrates the story of the sad, rather step-motherly treatment meted out by orthodox musicians to Thumri-especially their castigation of Thumri as a dance form. Such apathy and castigation stem from a colonial milieu and the education that went with it. For all practical purposes not only is the Thumri's dance portion too often totally ignored, but it is even considered superfluous! The author impresses on the reader the close link between the dance and the music. Such at least was the indissoluble union of style in the past. The author hopes that the book will correct this disturbed relationship. As such the work is of immense artistic importance.

About the Author:

The author of the book is not only a reputed art critic, but also a balletomane himself, having in the early forties produced and directed a number of ballets-including children's ballets. His key contribution in some of the children's ballets was balletmusic on percussions. Projesh Banerjee's devotion to the study of Indian Dancing as well as to its revival goes back to the 1930s-a period when little was known of India's dance tradition by the educated public. His first work, an encyclopedia of India dance, entitled Dance of India, was published in 1941, followed by other. He was intimately connected with Uday Shankar Co.Ltd. for some time. He also acted as impresario for a number of other acknowledge dancers of first rank and extensively traveled in this connection. His deep absorption in the fine arts Made him a successful dance teacher. Projesh Banerjee sarved as juror for assessment of dance at All India Music Conferences, All India Drama Competitions, as also on the Public Service Commission, the All India radio etc. He has also served as Principal, B.T. College, run by Prayag Sangit Samiti, Allahabad.

 

Preface

It is a pity that in their performance, Kathak dancers too often dwell on the rhythmic dexterity of the intricate time measurements of the Tala and its permutations and combinations. The time patterns are so woven that they lead one to the minutest fractions, in other words, ciphers. This is the main picture, or almost so. And a profile is painted with the numberless pirouettes- those full blossomed swayings and wavings of the Lahanga. Thereafter follows the speediest tempo climaxing the performance with a thud on the Sum of the Tala, or the unit from where it all begins, finishing off with a long three equal piece phrase of the metre. The entire performance amounting to a splendid, very polished acrobatic feat. There is, as a consequence, that well known dinning applause from the spectators, much as if the spectators had enjoyed a nervousness causing trapeze or a somersault trick by an expert gymnast –mouths agape.

Undoubtedly, artistes alone are not to be blamed for this situation. They have to cater to the spectators' whims –call them tastes. But had such tastes not better be carefully groomed, that is, if the aim was to treat one to what is termed the beautiful? As a matter of fact a very significant feature of the style is usually left out by the performers, and this is the aesthetics of Kathak, the Kavita, its lyricism. Poetry plays a major role in Kathak dance, and which is provided by the Thumris, sung in accompaniment of the dance. Previously the dancers immerse themselves in this aspect with vigour and enthusiasm, and indeed it used to be a compulsory facet of the performance, without which the dance remained incomplete. But now as this aspect is waning, the result can be well imagined.

It is only for this reason that I thought it expedient to dilate upon the Thumri phase in the splendours of Kathak, hoping thereby to bring out an all too precious nuance of the dance style.

To ward off certain misunderstanding from the minds of my readers, may I clarify at the outset (even though I have done so in the body of this book) that–broadly–dancing does not mean footwork alone; and of course along with it, body movements, hand gestures and facial expressions, but also facial expressions accompanied by hand movements while sitting and not making any footwork. Some of the Thumri singers whose primary forte was simply singing in the earlier part of their professional career used to express the meaning of the words of the Thumri songs and the various emotions of the lyrics through facial expressions, eye and hand movements, and particular mention among them may be made of Gauhar Jan, Janki Bai, Malka Jan, Rasoolan Bai, Akhtari Begum, Siddheswari Devi and certain others. Hence I have included their life sketches in this volume along with those of the dancers, whose primary execution was, and is, dancing.

This short preamble will not be complete without expressing my gratitude to all those who have given untold support in writing this book, and in particular to the Sangit Natak Akademi, New Delhi, for supplying several of the photographs included in the text.

 

CONTENTS

 

Preface vii
1. Thumri 1
2. Lyricism and Nayikas 8
3. Abhinaya in Thumri 16
4. Nawab Wajid Ali Shah and Bindadin 22
5. Contemporary Artists 29
6. Thumri-Dance Songs 32
7. Thumri Dancers 69
Appendix 105
Index 113

 

Sample Page

Item Code:
IDG501
Cover:
Hardcover
Edition:
1986
Publisher:
Abhinav Publications
ISBN:
8170172128
Language:
English
Size:
9.6" X 7.5"
Pages:
123 (B & W Illus: 27)
Other Details:
WEIGHT OF THE BOOK:490 GMS
Price:
$30.00   Shipping Free
Add to Wishlist
Viewed 5070 times since 5th Jan, 2015

About the Book :

The book narrates the story of the sad, rather step-motherly treatment meted out by orthodox musicians to Thumri-especially their castigation of Thumri as a dance form. Such apathy and castigation stem from a colonial milieu and the education that went with it. For all practical purposes not only is the Thumri's dance portion too often totally ignored, but it is even considered superfluous! The author impresses on the reader the close link between the dance and the music. Such at least was the indissoluble union of style in the past. The author hopes that the book will correct this disturbed relationship. As such the work is of immense artistic importance.

About the Author:

The author of the book is not only a reputed art critic, but also a balletomane himself, having in the early forties produced and directed a number of ballets-including children's ballets. His key contribution in some of the children's ballets was balletmusic on percussions. Projesh Banerjee's devotion to the study of Indian Dancing as well as to its revival goes back to the 1930s-a period when little was known of India's dance tradition by the educated public. His first work, an encyclopedia of India dance, entitled Dance of India, was published in 1941, followed by other. He was intimately connected with Uday Shankar Co.Ltd. for some time. He also acted as impresario for a number of other acknowledge dancers of first rank and extensively traveled in this connection. His deep absorption in the fine arts Made him a successful dance teacher. Projesh Banerjee sarved as juror for assessment of dance at All India Music Conferences, All India Drama Competitions, as also on the Public Service Commission, the All India radio etc. He has also served as Principal, B.T. College, run by Prayag Sangit Samiti, Allahabad.

 

Preface

It is a pity that in their performance, Kathak dancers too often dwell on the rhythmic dexterity of the intricate time measurements of the Tala and its permutations and combinations. The time patterns are so woven that they lead one to the minutest fractions, in other words, ciphers. This is the main picture, or almost so. And a profile is painted with the numberless pirouettes- those full blossomed swayings and wavings of the Lahanga. Thereafter follows the speediest tempo climaxing the performance with a thud on the Sum of the Tala, or the unit from where it all begins, finishing off with a long three equal piece phrase of the metre. The entire performance amounting to a splendid, very polished acrobatic feat. There is, as a consequence, that well known dinning applause from the spectators, much as if the spectators had enjoyed a nervousness causing trapeze or a somersault trick by an expert gymnast –mouths agape.

Undoubtedly, artistes alone are not to be blamed for this situation. They have to cater to the spectators' whims –call them tastes. But had such tastes not better be carefully groomed, that is, if the aim was to treat one to what is termed the beautiful? As a matter of fact a very significant feature of the style is usually left out by the performers, and this is the aesthetics of Kathak, the Kavita, its lyricism. Poetry plays a major role in Kathak dance, and which is provided by the Thumris, sung in accompaniment of the dance. Previously the dancers immerse themselves in this aspect with vigour and enthusiasm, and indeed it used to be a compulsory facet of the performance, without which the dance remained incomplete. But now as this aspect is waning, the result can be well imagined.

It is only for this reason that I thought it expedient to dilate upon the Thumri phase in the splendours of Kathak, hoping thereby to bring out an all too precious nuance of the dance style.

To ward off certain misunderstanding from the minds of my readers, may I clarify at the outset (even though I have done so in the body of this book) that–broadly–dancing does not mean footwork alone; and of course along with it, body movements, hand gestures and facial expressions, but also facial expressions accompanied by hand movements while sitting and not making any footwork. Some of the Thumri singers whose primary forte was simply singing in the earlier part of their professional career used to express the meaning of the words of the Thumri songs and the various emotions of the lyrics through facial expressions, eye and hand movements, and particular mention among them may be made of Gauhar Jan, Janki Bai, Malka Jan, Rasoolan Bai, Akhtari Begum, Siddheswari Devi and certain others. Hence I have included their life sketches in this volume along with those of the dancers, whose primary execution was, and is, dancing.

This short preamble will not be complete without expressing my gratitude to all those who have given untold support in writing this book, and in particular to the Sangit Natak Akademi, New Delhi, for supplying several of the photographs included in the text.

 

CONTENTS

 

Preface vii
1. Thumri 1
2. Lyricism and Nayikas 8
3. Abhinaya in Thumri 16
4. Nawab Wajid Ali Shah and Bindadin 22
5. Contemporary Artists 29
6. Thumri-Dance Songs 32
7. Thumri Dancers 69
Appendix 105
Index 113

 

Sample Page

Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy

Related Items

The Emergence of the Hindustani Tradition (Music, Dance and Drama in north India, 13th to 19th Centuries)
by Madhu Trivedi
Paperback (Edition: 2012)
Three Essays Collective
Item Code: NAF930
$24.00
Nartananirnaya (3 Volumes)
by R. Sathyanarayana
Hardcover (Edition: 1994)
Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts and Motilal Banarasidass
Item Code: NAC070
$135.00
The Music of India: History and Development (Set of 2 Volumes) (A Rare Book)
by Ram Avtar Veer
Hardcover (Edition: 1986)
Pankaj Publications
Item Code: NAH199
$75.00
Compositional Forms of Hindustani Music: A Journey
by Vijaya chandorkar
Hardcover (Edition: 2012)
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Item Code: NAD322
$40.00
The Form and Function of Music In Ancient India (A Historical Study) (In Two Volumes)
by Swami Prajnanananda
Hardcover (Edition: 1989)
Ramakrishna Vedanta Math
Item Code: IDJ950
$60.00
Krishna in Performing Arts
Deal 30% Off
by Shovana Narayan
Hardcover (Edition: 2007)
Shubhi Publications
Item Code: IDI850
$125.00$87.50
You save: $37.50 (30%)
Indian Classical Music and Gharana Tradition
Deal 10% Off
by R.C. Mehta
Hardcover (Edition: 2008)
Readworthy Publications (P) Ltd.
Item Code: IDC362
$37.50$33.75
You save: $3.75 (10%)
Tarjuma-i-Manakutuhala and Risala-i-Ragadarpana
by Faqirullah (Nawab Saif Khan)
Hardcover (Edition: 1996)
Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts
Item Code: NAC107
$40.00
Hindustani Music (Thirteenth To Twentieth Centuries)
by Various Author
Hardcover (Edition: 2010)
Manohar Publishers & Distributors
Item Code: NAE031
$90.00
Carnatic Music Composers (A Collection of Biographical Essays)
by Dr.B. Dayananda Rao
Paperback (Edition: 2005)
The Trinity Music Book Publishers, Chennai
Item Code: NAL723
$35.00
Radha From Gopi to Goddess
by Harsha V. Dehejia
Hardcover (Edition: 2014)
Niyogi Books
Item Code: NAJ919
$80.00
Ocean of Grace (The Teachings of His Holiness Goswami Shri Prathameshji)
by Shyamdas
Hardcover (Edition: 2007)
Pratham Peeth Publications
Item Code: NAG612
$25.00
Shaam-e-Awadh: Writings on Lucknow
by Veena Talwar Oldenburg
Paperback (Edition: 2007)
Penguin Books
Item Code: IHL417
$31.50
Bhatkhande’s Contribution To Music
by Sobhana Nayar
Hardcover (Edition: 1989)
Popular Prakashan
Item Code: NAC773
$35.00

Testimonials

I received the 2 sarees and the DVDs. You truly are a treasure house for the music and other related things. You have gotten me an array of CDs,books,DVDs and not least of all beautiful sarees. All always packed with care, delivered in a timely, no hassle fashion. Your business is very trustworthy and I am so glad to have when I need to look for something.
Prashanti, USA
Hello, Just a short feedback on your new website layout: the old one was better than most of what you come across on the www, but you've managed to make it even better. I very much like the new look of the book pages and 'my gallery' pages. Thanks again for offering me a look inside the books. It's a big help for finding out if it's really what I want. Everything is perfect: the presentation of the items, your way of handling the orders, and the fast and always diligently packed parcels. Thanks to all at Exotic India, Walter
Walter
thank you sooo much for the speedy delivery!! within two days I am already wearing my beautiful Exotic Indian shawl!! thanks so much
Pat Demaret
This is the second time I am ordering kurta. The first time it was in July of 2015. The whole transaction was very smooth, and I received my order in USA within a week's tme from India. it was faster than some of the local orders that I have placed. Thank you for your efficiency.
Prabha, USA
I like Exotic India and have had a great experience so far with your books / shipping etc. Please keep it up!
Sriram, USA
Thanks to all the staff at Exotic Art for helping me acquire these wonderful books from the holy land of Bharata Varsha. Happy new year to you all and all glories to Sri Krsna, peace...
J. Idehen, UK
Exotic India is a fine organization to do business with. I have had the best trading experience and the very best customer service. The communication I have had with Vipin K. is of the highest quality; my questions and requests were quickly and professionally answered and fulfilled. A special thanks to the artist Kailash Raj for the beautiful art he produces; I have certainly been enriched by the way his art exemplifies the stories they tell. Many Thanks to all concerned.
W. J. Barnett, USA
My beautiful shawl arrived today. Thank you so much for this lovely shawl. Really, it is nicer than the photograph. I hope you and yours have a very Happy New Year and much prosperity in the New Year. With gratitude
Tom Anderson, Canada
An excellent website, as always. I do not even mention its content, which is beautiful beyond words, but I am merely referring to the great functionality and optimal design of your website. Links always work, the information is accurate and complete, images are very clear, including scanned content of your books. A pleasure to purchase from you.
Oreste, USA
I just wanted to extend my profound thanks to you for expediting my order. It was so well packaged and all import processes taken care of so the beautiful statue arrived in fabulous condition. It looks truly wonderful and I am so happy to have Lord Ganesh take pride of place in my home. Thank you again for your superb service. Best regards
Nikki Grainger
TRUSTe online privacy certification
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2016 © Exotic India