Virtual Exhibition - SF 2000

Sunil Janah: Inside India, 1940-1975


SECTION 4:   DANCE AND TEMPLE SCULPTURE

Subsection 4.1:   Indian Classical Dances


Photographs, panels & text:   Sunil Janah 1939-2000
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Index, Introduction,
Entrance Panel...
1
History in
the Making
2
Building India's
Industries
3
The Land and
the People
4
Dance and Temple
Sculpture

Subsections of Section 4 (Dance & Temple Sculpture)
4.1:   Section Text & Classical Dances
4.2:   Temple Sculpture

 

Index to Section 4.1

 

Section 4 text

SECTION 4:   DANCE AND TEMPLE SCULPTURE

The civilization of ancient India is long gone, except for what remains in the hearts of India's people. Impressive visual evidence of this civilization may still be found, however, in the exquisitely-sculpted Hindu, Buddhist and Jain temples built over a span of centuries starting in the third century B.C. Later Muslim and Hindu princes added magnificent forts, palaces, mosques or mausoleums.

I enjoyed photographing these buildings, so evocative of a vanished past. A few of these photographs are part of this exhibition. The temple sculptures portray not only gods and goddesses, but also everyday life -- including religious rituals, household duties and animals both real and mythical.

The liveliest components of these sculptures are often the figures of celestial musicians and dancers, which preserved India's classical dance and music in stone for centuries. Meanwhile, performers such as those shown here -- some of the best-known Indian dancers of my time -- helped to keep these traditions alive and vibrant still.

  - Sunil Janah


All photographs, and text:   © Sunil Janah 1939-2000
 

 

 

Top Row:
Bala Saraswati, giving a Bharat Natyam recital.   sf.142

Shanta Rao, dancer, performing in the Bharat Natyam style, 1965.   sf.143

Middle Row:
top left:   Text

bottom left:   Shanta Rao, dancer, performing in the Bharat Natyam style, 1965.   sf.144

right:   Shanta Rao, dancer, performing in the Bharat Natyam style, 1965.   sf.145

Bottom Row:
Shanta Rao, dancer, performing in the Kathakali style, 1963.   sf.146

Rita Devi, dancer, performing in the Manipuri style, 1947.   sf.147

Photographs © Sunil Janah

Panel 21:   Classical Dances
Panel 21: Classical Indian Dances 
© Sunil Janah
 


 

Top:
Indrani Rahman, dancer, performing in the Bharat Natyam style, 1947.   sf.148

Bharat Natyam being performed by a guru from Kerala.   sf.149

Midle Row:
Indrani Rahman, dancer, performing in the Bharat Natyam style, 1947.   sf.150

Indrani Rahman, dancer, performing in the Bharat Natyam style, 1947.   sf.151

Bottom Row:
Indrani Rahman, dancer.   sf.152

Bade Golam Ali Khan, Indian classical singer   sf.153

Photographs © Sunil Janah

Panel 22:   Classical Dances
(continued)
Panel 22: Classical Dances, continued
© Sunil Janah


This is section 4 (DANCE AND TEMPLE SCULPTURE),
subsection 4.1 (Indian Classical Dances)

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Photographs, panels & text © Sunil Janah 1939-2000
This is an online virtual approximation of the exhibition
"Sunil Janah, Inside India 1940-1975",
curated by Sunil, Monua & Sobha Janah, and held in San Francisco, 2000.
Image quality and size are much poorer and smaller here than they were in the real exhibition.
Website design and coding: Arjun Janah, 2000