This volume is an important part of Bhavan's series on Gita, Nritya and Natya is edited by R. Nagaswamy & Bharat Gupt. The Tamil Epic Silappatikaram stands unparalled in revealing through a love story a detailed account of the historical, geographical and cultural background of three important kingdoms of South India, the Chola, Pandya and Chera. It brings a forth a period that saw a highly evolved Gita, Nritya and Natya.
At the dharmic level, Silappatikaram re-iterates through Kannagi, the profound narrative of the devoted wives, the pativratas like Sita, Anusuya, Draupadi, Tara, Savitri, Damayanti, Shakuntala and several others. At the social level, it establishes the spiritual, aesthetic, and commercial value of plastic and performing arts, of the shilpas, of dance, music and poetry.