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Kuravanji Nattiya Nadagam: A Dance Drama from Madras State


In lieu of an abstract, the first paragraph of the essay follows:

One of the most prevalent preconceptions concerning drama and the other arts in the modern Western world is that the author-and, in some cases, even the performer-should make something new. Originality of plot or incident is not, however, the goal toward which the dance drama of India strives. The artist works within a given framework which might, in Western terms, involve stereotyped characters and episodes. Yet the dance drama in performance is given artistic life and, within its traditional limits, reaches a high level of achievement. While there is no striving for newness, the rich elaboration of a basic story may provide a genuine and deep aesthetic experience.

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