Considered the work of the Sage Bharatha, the Natyasastra speaks about many aspects of theatre. India has always treated theatre in a unique way, pairing music, classical Indian dance, and literature into its fold. It speaks of stages, their design and aspects of the play such as makeup and dance forms. It is the foundation of all the fine arts in India, and in over 6000 verses, it touches upon the ancient Gandharva Veda, an ancient lost text considered to give its readers the knowledge of the Apsaras of the God Indra s court. Learn how Indian artforms consider the mandapa a part of the play itself, and discover how the Rasas evolved. This authoritative translation and commentary gives readers comprehensive notes about the work, and teaches them its importance in the stage of life.