Classical Dances and Costumes of India – Book

Series nameRam Gopal: 1950s

Kay Ambrose was a dance illustrator and balletomane. She accompanied Ram Gopal on his dance tours in the 1940s and 1950s, as his Artistic Director. She spent her career sketching dancers, their costumes, off stage and on stage scenes, and studying the intricacies of classical dance techniques. Ambrose returned to India with Ram Gopal and furthered her sketches and studies of the rudimentary aspects of Indian classical dance. She also met renowned dance Gurus and their pupils and attended performances. This book, entitled ‘Classical Dances and Costumes of India’, is the product of Ambrose’s research into classical Indian dancing. It features an introduction written by Ram Gopal, and numerous detailed sketches and images of dance postures, movements and costumes.

Date of Creation / Publication1950
CreatorAmbrose, Kay
Associated Person/ OrganisationGopal, Ram
Collection and Reference NumberRam Gopal Collection (GB 2661 RGL)
Catalogue NumberRGL/DEC/1950/7
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or associated person or organisation where applicable
Access to originalsThe originals are located with Ann David, academic researcher and friend of Ram Gopal, and with Pam Cullen, Executor of the Ram Gopal Estate.
Series notesThis section features digitised extracts from books, including selected chapters from Ram Gopal's autobiography, as well as photographs and performance programmes.
Collection notesThe digitised material in the Ram Gopal Collection dates back to 1938 and includes black and white as well as colour photographs, several flyers and extracts from books including Ram Gopal's autobiography. The items also include newspaper articles, images of dance costumes, slides, advertisements and performance programmes.