Hindu Dancer by Vladimir Tretchikoff


Hindu Dancer


Vladimir Tretchikoff

Ref GM629
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 30" x 24" (76 x 60 cm)
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This painting evokes the spirit of Indian classical dance, which is an umbrella term for various codified art forms rooted in Natya, the sacred Hindu musical theatre styles, whose theory can be traced back to the Natya Shastra of Bharata Muni (400 BC). These can either be dances performed inside the sanctum of the temple or dances performed in royal courts to the accompaniment of classical music. A very important feature of Indian classical dances is the use of the mudra or hand gestures by the artists, as a short-hand sign language to narrate a story and to demonstrate certain concepts, such as objects, weather, nature and emotion. Many classical dances include facial expressions as an integral part of the dance form. Tretchikoff has captured the essence of this century's old art form in this wonderful painting.