Texts on Music & Dance
ŚRĪHASTAMUKTĀVALĪ OF SUBHANKARA KAVIISBN : 81-208-0829-0Edited By :MAHESWAR NEOG
Many texts on music, dance and drama continued to be written in different parts of India through the seventeenth century.Read MoreBetween the twelfth and the sixteenth century, regional styles emerged.Of the medieval texts Śubhaṅkara Kavi’s Śrīhastamuktāvalī belongs to the eastern tradition and is significant for its detailed treatment of the hastas (hand gestures). While there is ambiguity with regard to its origins, the text has been found in Maithili and in Assamese transcripts. It throws light on the language of the hand gestures which may have been followed in the eastern regions.
The editor points out the similarities as also differences in the treatment of the subject in Śrīhastamuktāvalī, Nāṭyaśāstra and the Saṅgītaratnākara traditions.
THE SANGITOPANISAT- SARODDHARAHISBN : 81-208-1548-3Edited By :ALLYN MINER
The Sudhākalaśa Saṅgītaratnākara is an important medieval text written in 1350 CE. It is attributed to a Jaina scholar, Vācanācārya Śrī Sudhākalaśa and represents a distinctive western Indian and Jaina stream of musicology…Read MoreComposed about 100 years subsequent to the great compendium, the Saṅgītaratnākara, there is significant difference in its approach and treatment of the subject. This text stands in an intermediary position between the Saṅgītaratnākara and the later medieval works such as the Nartananirṇaya. While epitomizing the Indian phenomenon of an adherence to certain key fundamentals, it unfolds and reveals many processes of interaction and focuses attention on particular aspects of form and technique. It is also an important text for the change it reflects in understanding the Rāgas and Rāginīs assigning gender and visualizing an iconography.