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Dancing Ganesh in South Asia Ganesh: the benevolent, edited by Pratapaditya Pal,

Title:Dancing Ganesh in South Asia Ganesh: the benevolent, edited by Pratapaditya Pal,
Author:Pal, Pratapaditya
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 47-2, p. 41-64
Abstract:Dancing Ganesha is a popular theme in Indian religious art. Especially favoured by the Buddhists in Nepal and Tibet, the dancing image is not, however, favoured in Southeast Asia. Ganesha's dance is playful and rambunctious rather than cosmic like that of his father Shiva. Fond of frolicking with the ganas whose leader he is, dancing Ganesha may be seen with attendant musicians and celestial adorants. Though diversely represented in central India, Orissa, and Bengal, dancing Ganesha is not common throughout Hindu civilization. This image type is seen to be definitely more appealing to the north than to the south of India where the Nataraja figure has remained predominant.

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