Natyasastraic Links in Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia
This chapter is primarily an expression of the experience gained through my travel, performances and interactions with the artistes of Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia. For want of space, only these three countries are covered here. Even for an Indian tourist, the imprints of India in these regions are clear. For me, with almost half a century’s involvement with an in-depth study of Natyasastra and its connection with sculptures and movements, the presence of the precepts of this encyclopaedic work in Southeast Asia has been an exciting exhilaration. The region used to be referred to as Greater India until the mid-twentieth century, as seen in the monumental pioneering works of Henrich Zimmer and Fobian Bowers.
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