Contents: Preface. Foreword. 1. The origin and development of Natya ad Nrtta. 2. Karanas, Angaharas and Recakas. 3. Abhinavagupta on Karanas and Angaharas. 4. Representations of Karanas. 5. The gestures of the Hands. 6. Bharatanatya-A study. 7. Natyasastra and regional theatres. Conclusion. Bibliography. Index.
The importance of gestures including poses of hands in conveying the feelings of the text to the audience is well recognized by the Indian writers in the field of Dramaturgy from the days of Bharata, the author of the Natyasastra. Much has been written in this field down the centuries. Bharata has drawn upon, many ancient authorities on the subject to make his treatise a comprehensive masterpiece in the field of historionics.
The present monograph discusses the various topics in this with Karanas, Angaharas and Recakas and the poses of hands which are adopted by practicing artists of Bharatanatya and allied arts.