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Dance Sculptures

Title:Dance Sculptures
Enumeration:Vol. 42 Issue no. 2; December 1990, p. 13-32
Abstract:On the basis of archaeological evidence, Odissi dance appears to be the earliest classical dance style of India. A close relationship has existed between the art of dance and sculpture from time immemorial. Not only do they share common aesthetic principles, but also certain laws of execution to such an extent that dance appears to be mobile sculpture, and sculpture frozen dance. Nowhere is this truer than in Odissi. In fact, from the study of the several sculptures of dance in Orissan temples, there is no doubt that the sculptor knew the art of dance and its codification as found in the natyashastra texts.

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