‘Kalki’ R. Krishnamurthy, one of the pioneering giants of the Tamil press in the tumultuous times of the nationalist movement, was a versatile and prolific writer, inscribing the urgencies of his time in his fiction. This collection brings together the best of Kalki’s short stories, which contain some of his most colourful and enduring characters and themes of Tamil popular fiction of the nineteen thirties and forties. There is in these stories the heady urgency of the freedom struggle, the piquant humour of the parodied Tamil gothic and devastating social satire. In her sensitive translations, Gowri Ramnarayan has succeeded in capturing the nuances of the gently mordant wit that made Kalki’s stories the highlight of the magazines they were originally published in, creating for themselves a dedicated following that flourishes undiminished to this day. Coinciding with the centenary of Kalki’s birth, this volume is a well-deserved tribute to a writer whose breadth of vision and genius imagined and served a new India.
In this enchanting book six Indian artists--painter M.F. Husain, playwright Vijay Tendulkar, musicians Amjad Ali Khan and M.S. Subbalakshmi, Odissi dander Kelucharan Mahapatra, and cartoonist R.K. Laxman--look at their childhoods and the development of their art.
The kolam is an inseparable part of life in India. In small townsand villages, the day breaks over narrow streets where the kolamsof each house make an unbroken carpet of intricate lines, dots andwhorls. On festival days these patterns become more elaborate.Babuji, wife of renowned Tamil writer Kalki Krishnamurthi, wasan innovative kolam artist. In this book, Gowri Ramnarayanpresents a selection of her grandmother's designs and an introductionto Babuji herself. Her kolams show us that life, with allits ups and downs, has space and time and scope for spontaneity,creativity and wholehearted enjoyment.
India's pre-eminent film director, Satyajit Ray (1912-1992) came to public attention in 1955 with 'Pather Panchali'. This text reveals a genial, generous, unpretentious, immensely knowledgeable man who, for all his fame, remained to the end unaffected by the glamour of the movie-world.
The essay in this book endeavour to capture the multifaceted cultural and aesthetic legacy of Rukmini Devi preserved both in India and international scholars, including dance cirtics, dance administrators, dancers, dance teachers, bueraucrats, and alumni of the world-renowned lalakshetra arts institution that Rukmini Devi founded in 1936. The essaysalso discuss Rukmini Devi`s aesthetic vision in relation to history,to tradition, her creation of ensemble dance-drama productions, and contemporary dance in the United Kingdom.
This new collection of essays surveys the history of dance in an innovative and wide-ranging fashion. Editors Dils and Albright address the current dearth of comprehensive teaching material in the dance history field through the creation of a multifaceted, non-linear, yet well-structured and comprehensive survey of select moments in the development of both American and World dance. This book is illustrated with over 50 photographs, and would make an ideal text for undergraduate classes in dance ethnography, criticism or appreciation, as well as dance history—particularly those with a cross-cultural, contemporary, or an American focus. The reader is organized into four thematic sections whi...
Through discussion of a dazzling array of artists in India and the diaspora, this book delineates a new language of dance on the global stage. Myriad movement vocabularies intersect the dancers' creative landscape, while cutting-edge creative choreography parodies gender and cultural stereotypes, and represents social issues.