The Natyasastra and the Body in Performance: Essays on Indian Theories of Dance and Drama (ed.) North Carolina: McFarland, 2015.

Editor: Sreenath Nair

The Natyasastra is the deep repository of Indian performance studies. It embodies centuries of performance knowledge developed in South Asia on a range of conceptual issues and methodologies of performance practice. The composition of the Natyasastra is attributed to Sage Bharatha, and dates back to between 200 BC and AD 200. Written in Sanskrit, the text contains 6000 verse stanzas integrated in 36 chapters discussing a wide range of issues in theatre arts, including dramatic composition; construction of the playhouse; detailed analysis of the musical scales; body movements; various types of acting; directing; division of stage space; costumes; make-up; properties and musical instruments. As a discourse on performance, the Natyasastra is an extensive documentation of terminologies, concepts and methodologies of practice that are highly relevant till today in our current debates in contemporary dance, drama and performance studies.

This volume presents 14 scholarly essays exploring the Natyasastra from various perspectives-epistemological, aesthetic, neurological, religious, ethnological and practical.

The volume includes essays from the following eminent and young international scholars:

Richard Schechner
M. Krzysztof Byrski
Ralph Yarrow
Kapila Vatsyayan
Vashishtha Jha
K. Ayyappa Paniker
Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe
Sreenath Nair
Uttara Asha Coorlawa
David Mason
Arya Madhavan
Erin B. Mee
Daniele Cuneo
Natalia Lidova

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