SHRINGARA - In Classical Indian Dance Edited by Sharon Lowen
Shringara in Classical Dance offers insights into both the shared and unique understanding and performance of shringara in various classical Indian dance traditions. Shringara (love) is the rasa, or aesthetic flavor, communicating unselfish, unconditional spiritual love through the metaphors of mundane human love. Spiritual love through dance is intrinsic to Indian subcontinent aesthetic and philosophical traditions, documented in the 2000-year-old N??ya??stra and shared in temple dance and sculpture since then. Performing artists recognized for their scholarship have written on Shringara interpreted in seven of India’s classical dance traditions – Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Vil?sini N?tyam, Mohiniattam, Sattriya, Kathak and Odissi. Respectively, Kamalini Dutt, Anuradha Jonnalagadda, Anupama Kylash, Bharati Shivaji, Anwesa Mahanta, Shovana Narayan and Editor Sharon Lowen, have shared their lifelong involvement with these aesthetic cultural traditions. Extensive photographs support the aesthetic pleasure experience evoked through Shringara Rasa.