**Balaramabharatam - By Dr. (Smt.) Uma Rele**

**By Dr. (Smt.) UMA RELE** **Dr. (Smt.) Uma Rele** is the Principal of Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya affiliated to the University of Mumbai. A distinguished alumnus of the college she has done Bachlor’s, Master’s and Ph. D. degrees of the University of Mumbai. Her research dissertation for the Master of Fine Arts (Dance) degree was “The Sarvaangaabhinaya of the Balaramabhratam”. Balaramabharatam, like Natyashastra deals with the technique of classical Indian dance and drama. It is written by Karttika Tirunal Balarama Varma, the Maharaja of Travancore, from Kerala. This text needs a special mention as it throws light on the practice of dance in the south in general and Kerala in particular in the 18th century when we find the emergence of today’s dance styles. Great emphasis is put on the aangikaabhinaya i.e. expressions through limbs of the body. It is much more comprehensive than any other earlier works on naatya so far

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