Koothambalam Reading List:

Here is the list of recommended reading for all Koothambalam students. Some of these texts have been translated by hundreds of different people so don’t give up if the first version does not ring for you. Many of these books go in and out of print very quickly. This is only a partial list....

Bharata's Natyashashtra

Abhinaya Darpana: The Mirror of Gesture

by Nandikesvara

Bhagavad Gita


By William Buck


by William Buck

Srimad Bhagadvatam

by Kamala Subramaniam

The Dance of Siva

by Coomaraswamy

Siva Samhita

Siva Sutras

Siva Puranas

Bharata Natyam From Temple to Theatre

by Anne-Marie Gaston

108 Names of Ganesha

Singh Ashima

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Meditations on Shiva: The Shivastotravali of Utpaldeva

by Constantina Rhodes Bailly

Shilappadikaram: (The Ankle Bracelet)

by Prince Adigal Ilango, translated by Alain Danielou

The Gitagovinda of Jayadeva

by Barbara Stroller

For Love of the Dark One: Songs of Mirabai

by Mirabai, translated by Andrew Schelling

The Divine Consort: Radha and the Goddesses of India

by John Stratton Hawley

Hindu Goddesses: Visions of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Tradition

by David Kinsley

The Concise Yoga Vasistha

by Swami Venkatesananda

Sri Lalita Sahasranama (The Thousand Names of the Divine Mother)

Wives of the God-King:

The Rituals of the Devadasis of Puri

by Frederique Marglin

Nityasumangali (Devadasi Tradition in South India)

by Saskia Kersenboom

A Yoga of Indian Classical Dance

by Ph.D., Roxanne Kamayani Gupta

Indian Classical Dance

by Leela Venkataramna

Rhythm in Joy Classical Indian Dance Traditions

by Leela Samson

Classical Dances and Costumes of India

by Kay Ambrose

Bharata Natyam

by Sunil Kothari

The Music of Bharata Natyam

(Aiis-Arce Series of Ethnomusicology)

by Jon B. Higgins

Grow Long Blessed Night: Love Poems from Classical India

by Martha Ann Selby