Prekṣaṇīyam is an anthology of essays on Indian classical dance and theatre authored by multifaceted scholar and creative genius, Śatāvadhānī Dr. R Ganesh. As a master of śāstra, a performing artiste (of the ancient art of Avadhānam), and a cultured rasika, he brings a unique, holistic perspective to every discussion. These essays deal with the philosophy, history, aesthetics, and practice of dance and theatre art in India. Dr. Ganesh offers invaluable insights into every aspect of these arts, supported by incisive reasoning, deep study, and vast experience. These writings are products of decades of study and research, coupled with long-drawn interactions with the brightest minds in art. A scholarly exposition on the concept and value of Nṛtta, Nṛtya, and Nāṭya comes as a part of the work. An exclusive collection of articles on Yakṣagāna, the grand theatrical art of Karnataka is a part of this book. The highlight of this segment being a novel kind of presentation called ‘Ekavyakti-Yakṣagāna’ conceived by the author. This anthology also includes research articles and ideas for future research. As part of the writing, there are also some occasion-driven responses that challenge the accusations levelled against Indian aesthetics by people either disrespectful of the tradition or not acquainted with the subject.
The English adaptation of these essays—together with additional notes and supplementary content—has been admirably handled by the scholar, literature buff, and art aficionado, Arjun Bharadwaj.