Dancig to the Flute: Music and Dance in Indian Art
Author: Jim Masselos, Jackie Menzies, Pratapaditya Pal
Music and dance, the subject most prevalent and so important in Indian art, plays the central role in this breathtaking exhibition: Dancing to the Flute. Never has there been a show that covers in such breadth and depth of the subject. It brings together 200 works of art from museum collections, private collections, and art galleries worldwide. Stone, bronze and wood sculptures, paintings, textiles, and musical instruments, ranging in date from the first to the twentieth century, are among the objects selected.
What strickes everyone on their first encounter with India and its art is the pervasiveness of music and dance everywhere at all times - India itself is a total experience in which music and dance are embedded as a dominant element within the overwhelming racial, linguistic and cultural variety.