ASHISH MOHAN KHOKAR'S voice carries a stamp of authority, as a seasoned commentator on Indian dance. He hails from the first family of dance in India. His father, the late Mohan khokar, is universally accepted as a pioneering scholar of Indian dance and created India's largest archive on dance. His mother, M.K. Saroja, is a veteran Bharatanatyam dancer and guru. Ashish himself learnt three classical dance forms and has worked as an arts administrator internationally co-ordinating the Festivals of India in France, Sweden, Germany and China. He was Director of INTACH and Martand Singh Consultants. He has authored several books on Indian arts and culture and is a dance critic and columnist of the world's largest circulated daily The Times of India. He published and edits India's first and only year-book on dance, Attendance.He is married to Elisabeth and they live in Chennai and Bangalore. ASHISH MOHAN KHOKAR, author of over thirty books on Indian arts and spirituality, feels blessed that Sai Baba gave him this opportunity to capture some of his life and times. As a long-serving critic and columnist of India’s largest circulated English daily-the times of India-and as writer of over 3, 000 articles in last 20 years, Khokar feels that Goddess Saraswati has been very kind to him. His name finds over 500 entries under a Google search. As an arts administrator, he served the Delhi State Academy; Festivals o f/India in France, Sweden, Germany and China; INTACH (under late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s chairmanship) and Martand Singh Consultants. Awarded grants and projects by the Swedish Institute and the Ford foundation, he has also interned at the Lincoln Center, New York and The Dance Museum, Stockholm. He was awarded many scholarships, including Government of India, Department of culture’s fellowships. He is married to Elisabeth and together they publish dance books and biographies, including India’s only year-book on dance, attendance.
TRIBAL, RITUAL & MARTIAL FORMS
India dances to the rhythms of a million rural feet. With no formal training in dance, unaware of classical traditions, the innocent dancers of the villages dance because they must. A happy, vigorous ode to life and living. The richness and variety, expanse and extent of the country’s folk-dance forms are captured in this book, in all their entirety. Several unknown forms-some on the verge of extinction-have been featured, as a record of the last century, a period of change and transition. The book is in many ways the first of its kind, for it also encapsulates ritual, martial and tribal dances.
Subtitle: TRIBAL, RITUAL & MARTIAL FORMS
Author: ASHISH MOHAN KHOKAR