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1994, Vol. I, xiii+357pp., indexes, ISBN: 81-208-1217-9, Rs. 450 (HB)
1996, Vol. II, xi+491pp., indexes, ISBN: 81-208-1218-2, Rs. 650 (HB)
1998 Vol. III, xi+557pp., bibl. indexex, ISBN:81-208-1219-0, Rs 800 (HB)
The Nartananirnaya is one of the notable Sanskrit treatises on Indian Music and dance, appearing after the Sangitaratnakara of Sarngadeva. Its author Pandarika Vitthala (16th century) was a profound and versatile scholar who had also written Sadragacandrodaya, Ragamala, Ragamanjari, Dutikarmaprakasa and Sighrabodhininamamala. He adorned the courts of Hindu and Muslim kings, including those of the rulers of jaipur and Mughal Emperor Akbar.
With a unique methodical plan, Naratananirnaya progresses through stepwise contributions of the cymbal player, the mrdanga-player and the signer to dancing, in the first three chapters before culminating in its longest and fourth chapter on the Dancer. This chapter contains many novel features in the performances, conventions and repertoire including some dance forms of South India. Its delineation of bandha nrtya and anibandha nrtya deserves serious attention of both traditionalist and innovative dancers.
The present edition is based on extensive and
wide-ranging critical apparatus; it offers detailed text-critical and exegetical comments.
It is supported by a readable translation as well as a comprehensive and erudite
commentary and numerous indexes.
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