Wednesday 25 September 2019

Book Review - Tagore's Ethos of Dance - Dr. Utpal K Banerjee

Rabindranrityam: The Dance Idiom Created by Tagore
By Sruti Bandopadhay
Shubhi Publications, 479, Sector14, Gurugram 122001, Haryana, India
2019, 314 pages, Price Rs. 2995
ISBN 9910032282

Primarily a poet, but also a philosopher, a novelist, a lyricist, a painter and a man of letters, Rabindranath Tagore brought in a new sensibility in the dance scene in Bengal. An admirer of Indian classical dances as well as the myriad folk forms, Tagore sought to break the boundaries and evolve a new dance idiom. While retaining the essential "Indianness," he allowed to let it absorb classical and folk elements from all over the country as also such elements as Sri Lanka's Kandyan dance, Javanese and Balinese dance idioms that had enchanted him. A popular dance form gradually came out -- alongside his song tradition, known as Rabindrasangit -- that can truly be termed Rabindranritya (Tagore's dance).

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