ŚRĪ PAṆḌARĪKA VIṬṬHALA
(KMS No. 7-9)
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Perspective - article
published in Newsletter
The Nartananirṇaya is one of the notable
Sanskrit treatise on Indian music and dance, appearing after the
Saṅgītaratnākara of Śārṅgadeva. Its author Śrī Paṇḍarīka Viṭṭhala (sixteenth
century) was a profound and versatile scholar who had also written
Ṣaḍrāgacandrodaya, Rāgamālā, Rāgamańjarī, Dūtīkarmaprakāśa and
Śīghrabodhinī-nāmamālā. He adorned the courts of Hindu and Muslim kings,
including those of the rulers of Jaipur and Mughal Emperor Akbar.
With a unique methodical plan, the
Nartananirṇaya progresses through stepwise contributions of the cymbal
player, the mṛdaṅga-player and the singer to dancing, in the first three
chapters before culminating in its longest and fourth chapter on the dancer.
This chapter contains many novel features in the performance conventions and
repertoire including some dance forms of both the south and north India. Its
delineation of bandha nṛtya and anibandha nṛtya deserves serious attention
of both traditionalist and innovative dancers.
The presentation is based on extensive and wide-ranging critical apparatus;
it offers detailed text-critical and exegetical comments. The text is
supported by a readable translation as well as comprehensive and erudite
commentary and numerous indices.