Ramayana
by William Buck  Paperback: 432 pages

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Description: In Ramayana (written by a poet known to us as Valmiki), William Buck has retold the story of Prince Rama--with all its nobility of spirit, courtly intrigue, heroic renunciation, fierce battles, and triumph of good over evil--in a length and manner that will make the great Indian epics...  


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The Bhagavad-Gita : Krishna's Counsel in Time of War by Barbara  Miller 

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Description: The dramatic moral crisis that is central to the Bhagavad-Gita has inspired centuries of Indian philosophers as well as Western thinkers. Renown translator Barbara Stoler Miller presents here a new English-language version of this exemplary text of Hindu culture. 
The Enchated Anklet
by Leela Mehta. For ages 8 & up. 32 Pages.
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Mahabharata
by William Buck Paperback: 451 pages

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Description: It is the story of a dynastic struggle, between the Kurus and Pandavas, for land. In his introduction, Sanskritist B. A. van Nooten notes, "Apart from William Buck's rendition [no other English version has] been able to capture the blend of religion and martial spirit that pervades the original epic." Presented accessibly for the general reader without compromising the spirit and lyricism of the originals, ...
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A Yoga In Classical Indian Dance
A Yoga of Indian Classical Dance: The Yogini's Mirror  by Roxanne Kamayani Gupta

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Description: The yoga and classical dance traditions of India have been inextricably entwined for 
millennia. The exacting hand gestures, postures and movements of Indian classical dance can only be achieved through yogic concentration. Conversely, the esthetics, symmetry, and dynamism of dance enhance the practice of yoga. These two traditions, so complementary and essential to one another, are united and explicated for the first time in A Yoga of Indian Classical Dance. 
Shiva's Fire
Shiva's Fire  by Suzanne Fisher Staples

Price: $5.00
Description: Born during the worst storm ever seen by her small village in India, Parvati is both blessed and cursed with mysterious powers that confound her people. But Parvati's truly exceptional talent is her ability to dance like the Hindu god Shiva himself. Naturally, these powers scare the other villagers. Only her mother Meenakshi loves and believes in her, protecting her from the their curious and hostile stares. The guru Pillai, a famous Indian dance teacher, hears of Parvati's talent and comes to offer her a position in his dance school, or "gurukulam," in the large city of Madras. Once there, she questions her destiny, or "dharma," as she experiences both a devastating loss and a blossoming romance; "...she thought about the mystery of dharma--how some things were very difficult to accept, while others opened as simply and as naturally as a flower." But through it all, the fire of Shiva burns within her, and Parvati knows that, despite all other callings, she was born to dance.
Indian Dance
Indian Dance : The Ultimate Metaphor
by Shanta Serbjeet Singh (Editor)

Price  $75.00
Description: This volume touches all aspects of Indian dance spanning from the traditional to futuristic. It blends analysis and interpretation and offers a bracing perspective on how classical dance has taken shape through the ages, enriched our culture and maintained our store of wisdom, sanity and humanity, even as it prepares for teh enormous challenges it faces in the new millennium. 



Myths & Symbols in Indian Art & Civilization
Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization
by Heinrich Zimmer, Joseph Campbell (Editor)

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Description: This book interprets for the Western mind the key motifs of India's legend, myth, and folklore, taken directly from the Sanskrit, and illustrated with seventy plates of Indian art. It is primarily an introduction to image-thinking and picture-reading in Indian art and thought, and it seeks to make the profound Hindu and Buddhist intuitions of the riddles of life and death recognizable not merely as Oriental but as universal elements. 
Philosophies of India
Philosophies of India
by Heinrich Zimmer, Joseph Campbell (Editor)

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Description: The history of Hindu religious development, and the import of its symbols, are nicely embellished throughout with the relevant Sanskrit terminology, which adds a considerable pleasure in the course of the read, especially when Zimmer describes the rich philosophical texture of these terms. One is immediately reminded of the difficult translational passage on leaving the psychologically rich Greek language for our practical, utilitarian English. Zimmer nicely bridges this gap. Further, the reader is never at a loss to follow the scholarly exposition of ideas.


The Dance of Siva - Essays on Indian Art and Culture
The Dance of Siva : Essays on Indian Art and Culture
by Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy

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Description: This book addresses an audience with a serious and genuine interest in the ancient Indian art, architecture and culture. Coomaraswamy boldly puts forward his thoughts, understandings and conclusions in a systematic form. Some of his observations may border on being provocative. He discusses at length about the Hindu view of Art - its history and aesthetics, and then, presents his theory of beauty.
Dancing to the Flute
Dancing to the Flute: Music and Dance in Indian Art
by Pratapaditya Pal, Jim Masselos, Jack Menzies

Price: $45.00
Description: Music and dance, the subject most prevalent and so important in Indian art, plays the central role in this breathtaking exhibition: Dancing to the Flute. Never has there been a show that covers in such breadth and depth of the subject. It brings together 200 works of art from museum collections, private collections, and art galleries worldwide. Stone, bronze and wood sculptures, paintings, textiles, and musical instruments, ranging in date from the first to the 20th century, are among the objects selected. 
Bharata Natyam
Bharata Natyam by Sunil Kothari

Price: $60.00
DescriptionBharata Natyam, the most popular classical Indian dance-form, has received universal approbation as one of the subtlest expressions of Indian culture. It is performed according to the most delicate nuances of a musical piece, or a poem, through the vehicle of a body. Its intimate connection with the temple, as a ritualistic art, mirroring the imperceptible feelings of a devotee reflects the inwardness of Hindu culture. 
Nautch Girls of India
Nautch girls of India : dancers, singers, playmates  by Pran Nevile

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Description: The Nautch girl as entertainer of men belonged to a unique class of courtesans who played a significant role in social and cultural life of India in the late 18th and 19th centuries. This book traces her emergence in the Mughal era when she reached the zenith of her glory, her popularity among the English Sahibs and the Indian aristocracy during the Raj and finally her decline and demise at the hands of misguided zealtos. 
Traditional Jewelry of India
Traditional Jewelry of India by Oppi Untracht

Price: $85.00
Description: Indian jewelry is much like browsing through a National Geographic magazine or two. The pictures and captions catch the eye, but it is the text--nonscholarly, spritely prose--that truly educates and informs. In much illustrated detail, come chapters on the tradition of entire-body decoration, actual examples and explanations of meanings, the use of gold and silver and gemstones, three specific centuries of artistry (the Mughal dynasty), and the interchange between and cross-cultural influences of European and Indian jewelry design. 
Mudras - Yoga in Your Hands
Mudras : Yoga in Your Hands 
by Gertrud Hirschi

Price: $11.96
Description: Mudras also playfully called the "finger power points" are yoga positions for your hands and fingers. They can be practiced sitting, lying down, standing, or walking. They can be done at any time and place while stuck in traffic, at the office, watching TV, or whenever you have to twiddle your thumbs waiting for something. Hirschi shows you how these techniques can prevent illness, relieve stress, and heal emotional problems. 
Ravi Shankar - Raga Mala
Raga Mala : The Autobiography of Ravi Shankar
by Ravi Shankar, George Harrison (Editor), olive Craske

Price: $25.00
Description: Ravi Shankar is the man christened by George Harrison as the 'Godfather of world music'. His autobiography is superbly designed and boxed with two CDs, the first of which includes a track recorded with George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The second disc was specially recorded for this project at Abbey Road Studios. The book is bound in rich Indian silk, and also presented is a packet of finest-quality Special Durbar Agarbathi incense sticks--the personal favourites of Ravi and George. 2,000 copies bound in full Indian silk (choice from four varying colours) with boxed CDs and incense sticks. 
Mehndi Designs
Traditional Mehndi Designs : A Treasury of Henna Body Art
by Dorine Van Den Beukel, Dorine Van Den Beukel

Price $12.76
Description: Be a walking work of art without damaging your delicate skin! Dorine vVan dDen Beukel's unusual how-to book, Traditional Mehndi Designs, details everything you need to know to create temporary henna tatoos, focusing on traditional designs from India, Africa, and the Middle East. Its three chapters - outline the history of Mehndhi, offer instructional techniques, and graphically document hundreds of designs that are carefully illustrated in black and white for you to copy onto yourself. 
Learning Tabla with Alla Rakha
Learning Tabla with Alla Rakha (Book and Videotape ed.: NTSC American video standard)
by Alla Rakha, Jeffrey M. Feldman

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Description: Alla Rakha was the tabla virtuoso best known for his many concert tours and recordings with Ravi Shankar. This book and videotape is Alla Rakha's step-by-step introduction to a single tabla solo in the Punjab style, with its characteristic compositions and manner of striking the drum. Alla Rakha selected the compositions to be included in the book; the finger placement photographs are of Alla Rakha's hands, and the videotape is a recording of Alla Rakha playing, reciting and teaching the compositions. The text features an in-depth analysis of the structure of each composition, with special emphasis on the logic of development in the theme and variation forms. A Special Note about the videotape...

The Ragas of North Indian Music
The Rags of North Indian Music : Their Structure and Evolution by Nazir Ali Jairazbhoy

Price: $35.00
DescriptionA brilliant and well-documented survey of the evolutionary processes that have shaped the Rags of today. The author shows how North Indian music is a dynamic, and not a static, system.  A 37 minute audio CD contained within the book offers comparative renditions of 8 rags by Ustad Vilayat Khan (sitar) (transcribed in the book in Western and Indian notation) and Ustand Umrao Bundu Khan (vocal and sarangi). 
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Shiva's Fire
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The Bhagavad Gita
India's Kathak Dance: Past, Present and Future
Indian Dances for Beginners
by Ram Avtar 'Vir'

Price: $8.95
DescriptionPreface; Dance for Children; Body and its Posture; Tal and Lay; Exercise According to Pictures; Dance on Namaskar Postures; Preliminary Steps and Postures of Body. Deals with only exercises on nritya. Has pictures. ~ [1998 edition,69 pages, 25 cm., Paper Cover]
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Dancing Phenomenon Birju Maharaj
Dancing Phenomenon Birju Maharaj 
by Leela Venkataraman

Price: $12.95
DescriptionPaper back 64 pages. "I do not spend myself on anything barring the dance. I wish to create an atmosphere which aims at bringing back to dance all that sensitivity and delicate aesthetics, which are threatened in this age of violence, Art has to exult and to elevate."
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Dancing Phenomenon Kelucharan Mohapatra
Dancing Phenomenon Kelucharan Mohapatra by Sharon Lowen

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DescriptionPaper back 63 pages. "When scorned by Banobihari Maiti who said that Oriyas didn't know how to dance, Kelucharan remarked:"It got into my heart that I will do more for the dance of Orissa; learn, study, and if I'm born in Orissa and have Oriya blood, I will definitely show what Odissi is. I have always considered Banobihari Maiti to be my guru because he inspired me to dedicate myself to Odissi dance, even though he taught me in a negative way."


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Cultural Rhythms In Emotions, Narratives And Dance
Cultural Rhythms In Emotions, Narratives And Dance 
by Nita Mathur

Price: $47.50
DescriptionPreface; Plates; Figures; Maps; Introduction; Setting the scene: The People; The Dance:spread and perpetuaton the roots; structure and content of the Dance; Dance and Lifestyle; Cultural construction of emotions; The cultural theory; Reflections; appendix. Author: Nita Mathur is an anthropologist with doctorate from the University of Delhi.
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India's Kathak Dance Past, Present, Future 
by Reginald Massey

Price: $32.00
DescriptionAcknowledgements; India's Dance Art: The Background; Kathak: Its History, Growth, Costumes and Jewelry; Technique, Forms and Poetry; The training of a Dance; Appreciating a typical performance; Ras Lila; Innovation, Experimentation, New Choereographies; Approaches to Criticism; Views, Reviews, Overviews and Interviews; Observations and Clarifications; Address of Dancers, Teachers and Dance Academies; Glossary; Bibliography; Index. Author: Reginald Massey has studied the history, culture, music, dance and film of the Indian subcontinent for many years and has written on these subjects for leading international publications. 



Kuchipudi Bharatam Or Kuchipudi Dance
Kuchipudi Bharatam Or Kuchipudi Dance 
by K Uma Rama Rao

Price: $29.50
DescriptionA South Indian Classical Dance Tradition. 80 pages hard bound.  "Kuchipudi dance is Andhra Pradesh's outstanding contribution toward enrichment of Indian culture. It is one of the classical dance traditions performed by male members of Brahmin families in Kuchipudi village, a cultural centre in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh. "All classical dance traditions have their specialised terminologies and need them to make themselves understandable. The age old Kuchipudi dance tradition is one of them which needs proper projection in this regard. There are several studies on Indian dance system in various facets but the Kuchipudi dance did not get much exposure as it should through publications. For the benefit of art lovers and students of dance, a humble effort has been made, to give glimpses of Kuchipudi Bharatam. 




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Dance Terminologies 
by Hema Govindarajan

Price: $34.95
DescriptionTheir Epigraphical Interpretations The history of dance is so fragmented that every source of information is welcome if it can throw light on any aspect of this art Epigraphical records have certainly been a reliable source of information and they merit examination in the context of dance for they contain references to terminologies related to this multi-faceted art. Author Hema Govindarajan's academic qualifications include a Masters degree in French from the Bombay University, a post-graduate diploma in Ancient Indian History and Archaeology and a Ph.D. in Dance for her thesis on Classical Dance of Karnataka as represented in the Art Forms from the Mysore University.
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Odissi
Odissi 
by Sunil Kothari

Price: $113.00
DescriptionPreface; Plates; Figures; Maps; Introduction; Setting the scene: The People; The Dance:spread and perpetuaton the roots; structure and content of the Dance; Dance and Lifestyle; Cultural construction of emotions; The cultural theory; Reflections; appendix. Author: Nita Mathur is an anthropologist with doctorate from the University of Delhi.With its reverberations in the sculpture of Orissa, Odissi, revived barely three decades ago, may, according to archaeological evidence, well claim to be the earliest classical Indian Dance form. The dance scenes carved on the caves of Ranigumpha in Orissa date back to the second century BC. They are earlier than the Natyashastra, which refers to the regional dace forms prevalent in eastern India. 
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Approach to Bharatanatyam
by S. Bhagyalekshmy

Price: $15.88
DescriptionIn the present volume a comprehensive and detailed approach has been made to introduce Bharatanatyam to the lay readers well the learned exponent of Bharatanatyam. The first chapter gives brief introduction of the concept of Bharatanatyam. The second chapter takes the student to different kinds of presentation of Bharatanatyam. The third chapter onwards different technical details of Bharatanatyam like Adavus, Charis/gathis, padabhedas, angaharas, Karanas, Abhinaya, Bhava, Rasa and hasthas, Contains more than 200 illustrations. Each chapter is well documented and illustrated. / Contents:Introduction, 
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Illustrated Companion To South Indian Classical Music
Illustrated Companion To South Indian Classical Music
by Ludwig Pesch 

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DescriptionAcknowledgements; List of Figures, Plates, Tables and Staves; Conventions; Graceful Dialogues; Variety; Child's Play; Instrumental Music; The Voice in south Indian Music; Music for All; Intonation; Embellishment; Music Education; Raga; The System of 72 scales; Types of raga; Tala; Concert Music; Dance and Music; Musical Forms; composers of South India; Musical Signatures; Biographical Notes; Bibliography; Discography; Alphabetical Index of ragas and Scales; Glossary Author: Ludwig Pesch is a practising Karnatic musician with training from Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts, Chennai and elsewhere. ~ [1999, 285 pages, 23 cm. Hard Cover]
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Mahabharata
Ramayana
The Dance of Siva : Religion, Art and Poetry in South India   by David Smith 

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This is a full account of Siva's Dance of Bliss, which has become a popular symbol in the West for Hinduism and Eastern Mysticism. Siva is one of the two main gods of Hinduism, and his worshippers comprise half of all Hindus. Siva's Dance of Bliss is based on a remarkable Sanskrit poem written by Umapati Sivacarya, Saiva theologian and temple priest in Cidambaram, South India, in the fourteenth century. Starting with the bronze image of Nataraja, King of Dancers, thereafter the Cidambaram temple, its myth and its priests are viewed in the light of the poem. Umapati's Saiva theology is discussed in relation to his life and also in relation to Vedanta and yoga. The iconography and mythology of the Goddess and of other forms of Siva provide necessary perspective. 
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The Dance of Siva : Religion, Art and Poetry in South India
Indian Music and the West
by Gerry Farrell 

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This volume examines perceptions and representations of Indian music in the West over a period of 200 years, ranging from Orientalist studies of Indian history and culture in the 18th and 19th centuries, to the adoption of elements from Indian music in Western popular culture in the latter half of the 20th century. Gerry Farrell charts the place of Indian music within the context of colonialism, the use of Indian imagery in Western popular songs and on the stage, and the use of the early days of the gramophone in India. Farrell also demonstrates how Indian music has been discovered and re-discovered in the West during the period discussed, and how these discoveries have reflected changing cultural, social and political relations between India and the West. 
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Indian Music and the West

Indian Classical Dance: Tradition in Transition
by Leela Venkataraman, Avinash Pasricha 
Price:   $24.46  

The evolution of classical Indian dances, the different techniques and forms that took shape and developed over centuries is the story this book relates. All the major dance forms in India have been elaborated on in intricate and interesting detail from their origin till the present. 
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Kathakali Dance-Drama: Where Gods and Demons Come to Play
by Phillip B. Zarrilli 
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Kathakali, the distinctive and colorful dance-drama of Kerala in southwest India, is brought to life for the first time in book form. During these performances heroes, heroines, gods, and demons tell their stories. One of the few books ever published on this genre the book explores kathakali's reception as it reaches new audiences both in India and the west, includes two case studies of controversial kathakali experiments, and explores the implications for kathakali on Keralan politics. The four plays included in this anthology, translated from actual performances into English, are: 
*The Flower of Good Fortune
*The Killing of Kirmmira
*The Progeny of Krishna
*King Rugmamgada's Law 
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Dance of Divine Love: India's Classic Sacred Love Story
Dance of Divine Love: India's Classic Sacred Love Story: The Rasa Lila of Krishna (Hardcover)
by Graham M. Schweig 
Price:   $35.00  
A comprehensive presentation of the Rasa Lila chapters from the Bhagavata Purana has been much awaited, and this volume by Dr. Graham Schweig will surely satisfy scholars and aesthetes alike. Dr. Schweig's knowledgeable mind has danced well with his sensitive heart to produce a great accomplishment.
Dance of Divine Love: India's Classic Sacred Love Story
South Asian Dance: The British Experience
South Asian Dance: The British Experience (Paperback)
by Alessandra Iyer 
Price:   $35.00  
Indian Dance is not what it was. The classical dances of the subcontinent have undergone fission, have been deconstructed and have become part of a contemporary dance idiom. Some of the most innovative work has taken place because of interaction with Western dancers or because it was conceived in a Western and/or global context. Thus the British experience-the work and contribution of Indian dance practitioners based in Britain and working primarily in a British/European context-have been very important for the new development of Indian dance. 
South Asian Dance: The British Experience
Cultural Rhythms in Emotions, Narratives & Dance
Cultural Rhythms in Emotions, Narratives & Dance (Hardcover)
by Nita Mathur 
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This work identifies the interplay between dance & lifestyle in the specific context of Tamil Brahmin culture. It discusses the cultural construction of identity in the matrix of symbolic configurations, experience & expressions of emotions, rituals, dance and life philosophy. The author covers the people, their settlements, sectarian markings, rhythms in daily life, households, the roots of dance education, dance technique, dress, body & speech, dance in daily life, cultural expressions, etc. There are 17 color plates and 54 figures included.
Cultural Rhythms in Emotions, Narratives & Dance
Rasa: Performing the Divine in India
Rasa: Performing the Divine in India (Paperback)
by Susan L. Schwartz
Price:   $17.95 
"Rasa" is taste, essence, flavor. How is it possible that a word used to describe a delicious masala can also be used to critique a Bharata Natyam performance? Rasa expresses the primary goals of performing arts in India in all the major literary, philosophical, and aesthetic texts, and it provides the cornerstone of the oral traditions of transmission. It is also essential to the study and production of sculpture, architecture, and painting. Yet its primary referent is cuisine. This book articulates the religious sensibility underlying the traditional performing arts as well as other applications of rasa and examines the relationships between the arts and religion in India today.

Rasa: Performing the Divine in India
New Directions in Indian Dance
New Directions in Indian Dance (Hardcover)
by Sunil Kothari 
Price:   $61.22 
"Rasa" is taste, essence, flavor. How is it possible that a word used to describe a delicious masala can also be used to critique a Bharata Natyam performance? Rasa expresses the primary goals of performing arts in India in all the major literary, philosophical, and aesthetic texts, and it provides the cornerstone of the oral traditions of transmission. It is also essential to the study and production of sculpture, architecture, and painting. Yet its primary referent is cuisine. This book articulates the religious sensibility underlying the traditional performing arts as well as other applications of rasa and examines the relationships between the arts and religion in India today.

New Directions in Indian Dance
Dance Dialects of India
Dance Dialects of India (Hardcover)
by Ragini Devi 
Price:   $36.79
"Shrimati Ragini Devi was an accomplished exponent of the Indian classical dance and an authority on the living forms of the art and its traditions. She presented a comprehensive, revealing and enlightening account of the classical Indian dance in this fascinating and eminently readable book. Dance Dialects of India aims at creating a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Indian dance and its cultural environment in India. The book is profusely and exquisitely illustrated with more than two hundred photographs.

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