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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Aesthetics and Culture: Performing Arts

Title: Aesthetics and Culture: Performing Arts 
Editors: Dr. M.S. Siva Raju, Pukhrambam Lilabati Devi
Foreword: Prof. H. Nandakumar Sarma, Vice Chancellor, Manipur University
ISBN: 978-93-82395-83-6
Publisher: Ruby Press & Co.
First Edition: 2015
Language: English
Binding: Hard Cover
Category: Dance/Performing Arts

About the Editor(s):
*Dr. M.S. Siva Raju has a Masters Degree in Performing Arts (Dance) from Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad in the year 1989-91. He was awarded Ph.D. in 1997 for his research work on ‘Prahlāda Yakshagānam’: A comparative study of Kūchipūdi and Mélattūr Dance traditions, from the same University. 
He is exponent in South Indian Tala System and Dance Music.  He was fortunate enough to obtain knowledge in the areas of South Indian Music and music related nuances. 
He is an established dancer, music composer and choreographer. He has designed and choreographed more than a dozen dance ballets, many solo numbers and six large group compositions using about 500 participants for national events. He also designed and produced dance compositions for electronic media, which received appreciation from the art lovers. 
He frequently organizes workshops on Dance and Movement, Choreography and Music and Dance. He delivers lectures on the dance and music, rhythm and its dynamics, aesthetics in dance music and concert music apart from writing research articles. 
He has written a titled ‘Dancing to Pray or to Play’ comparative study of Kuchipudi and Melattur Bhagavatha Mela Dance Traditions, published by ‘Kanishka Publishers’, New Delhi, 2010.  Currently, he is working on a volume dealing with dance music and film dancers and the role of percussion instruments in Indian Dance forms. 
He has been teaching in the department of dance for the past 22 years.  He is presently working as Associate Professor in the Department of Dance, S.N. School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad.

**Pukhrambam Lilabati Devi began her formal dance education at Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy, Imphal from early childhood. She owes her family for their love and encouragement towards her professionalism in dance. She received 3 years Certificate Course, 3 years Diploma Course, and another 3 years Post Diploma Course in Ras from J.N.M.D.A. Imphal. She completed the Four year Diploma course in Bharata Natyam from Kalakshetra Foundation Rukmini Devi College of Fine Arts, Chennai She further completed Post Diploma course in Bharata Natyam from the above Foundation. She along with her sister was one of the first duo Manipuris to learn Bharata Natyam with scholarships and successfully completed the same. She was Selected a state nominee by the Directorate of Education (U), Government of Manipur, for specialization in the Master of Performing Arts in Hyderabad. She was also a member in the Academic Council of University of Hyderabad for the Academic Year 2008-2009. She than got the Gold Medal in Master of Performing Arts Examination held in year 2009 and was awarded the Nataraja Rama Krishna Sharada Devi Medal. She is pursuing Ph.D Dance at Hyderabad Central University. She has cleared U.G.C NET. Now she is working as Guest Lecturer Department of Dance (Manipuri), Manipur University (a Central university), Canchipur.
She is an enthusiastic young artiste struggling to explore the nuances of Bharata Natyam and Manipuri and Indian dance forms with academic insights. She firmly concludes that the goal of her life is solely to discover dance, discover herself.

About the Book:
The book entitled as “Aesthetics and Culture: Performing Arts” is completed and edited with the objectives of propounding the collective thought and views of some selected contributors who are widely scholarly involved as feather of the same flock i.e. the Artistic world. The contents of the book are mainly striving to unearth same of the innumerable aesthetic values under streaming in the world of culture which itself is the embodiment of the values of all facets of a society or nation. Elements of cultural heritages are inherited gifts from generations to generations and the basis of civilization. The aesthetic values of some selective Performing Arts are covered by the present book.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Russian Social Policy from Boris Yeltsin to Vladimir Putin: An Interpretation

Title: Russian Social Policy from Boris Yeltsin to Vladimir Putin: An Interpretation 
Author: Sanjukta Maharana
ISBN: 978-93-82395-82-9
Publisher: Ruby Press & Co.
First Edition: 2015
Language: English
Binding: Hard Cover

About the Author:
Sanjukta Maharana is currently working as a Research Assistant, Centre for research in rural and industrial development, (Ministry of External Affair), Chandigarh.

Sanjukta has done MA in Political Science (Gold Medalist) from Sambalpur University, Burla, Odisha, M. Phil in International Politics from Centre for Russian and Central Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and Ph.D. Thesis Submitted in International Politics, Centre for Russian and central Asian studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. The Author has also published Articles in various national and international magazines and attended various national and international seminar and conferences.

About the Book:
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) emerged as a super power after the Second World War. At that time all social responsibilities were taken care of by the socialist state. In 1991 the Soviet disintegration saw the transition from state controlled planned economy to market based economy and various economic reforms like Gaider reforms had severe impact on social policy of Russia which led to decline in standard of living, poor health facilities, poor educational facilities, costly higher educational facilities, unemployment and poverty, leading to overall decline in the status of Russian society from 1991 to 1999. Withdrawal of the state from social sector resulted in the deterioration in social living standard of people during Yeltsin’s period. 

This work is most interesting now because drastic changes have taken place in Russia since the Soviet disintegration. But at what level society is changing from time to time is most important, because the society is the nucleus around which all other activities like political as well as economic take place. By focusing status of social condition during Yeltsin’s Presidency and Putin’s Presidency, one can know whether it is getting better or worse.

President Putin claimed that the growth in gross national production of Russia during his Presidency reflected the improving social and economic condition of Russians. But in this research work it would attempt to collect data on per capita income of people which reflects the financial condition of the people. The human development indicators used in this analysis reflects the standard of living. This will also study whether the reforms which were carried out were helpful for improving the social status of Russian.

This book covers the social policy of new Russia (from 1991 to 2008). This book is confined to the territory of new Russia only, and does not cover other former Soviet republics. This book indicates that the social welfare system between 1991 and 1999 was extremely poor but during Putin’s period it improved to some extent. Various reforms were carried out to eradicate the old difficulties.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Employment Problems and the Economy: A Case Study of Manipur

Title: Employment Problems and the Economy: A Case Study of Manipur
Author: Dr. Ngangkham Ibotombi Singh
ISBN: 978-93-82395-81-2
Publisher: Ruby Press & Co.
First Edition: 2015
Language: English
Binding: Hard Cover

About the Author:
Dr. Ngangkham Ibotombi Singh, B.A (Hons) Economics, Gauhati University, Assam, M.A Economics, Aligarh Muslim University, U.P., Diploma in Human Resources and Educational Management-National Institute of Labour Education and Management, Chennai, joined as a lecturer in a government college - G.P Women’s College in the year 1981. He has attended at National and International Conferences and Seminars and also Refresher Courses sponsored by different Universities under UGC programme. He has contributed many articles in national and regional publications. He is also a member of National Institute of Rural Development, Rajendra Nagar, Hyderabad-30, and North Eastern Economic Association, Guwahati, Assam. He is an approved supervisor of Manipur Central University and CMJ University, Shillong. He has guided two M.Phil Scholars (awarded) and two Ph.D scholars (awarded) under Manipur University. At present he is supervising three Ph.D scholars. He was working as the head of Department for about ten years at Imphal College, Economics Department. He is a regular head examiner of Manipur University. He was conferred Reader grade in the year 2001 and now designated as Associate Professor as per UGC norms. At present he is working at Imphal College, Govt. of Manipur. He has completed Pre-commission course of NCC and serving as an associate NCC officer of Imphal College, NCC Unit under 14 Bn NCC Manipur.

About the Book
Productive employment of the available labour force is the key to development of an economy. For effective and balanced utilization of the increasing labour force, the direction of the present book is to examine existing nature of employment in different sectors of the economy and to identify the sector or area where additional employment opportunity can be created. This is also in view of the fact that unless, the available labour force is effectively utilised, it may go as wasted becoming a liability to an economy by adversely affecting its growth.
Unemployment specially among the educated youths has created serious social problems, which is evident from the crimes, and the criminals in the society. The existing problem of unemployment in the country in general and the state of Manipur in particular, fascinated the author to go in depth into the problem of unemployment and to suggest feasible solution, keeping in view the socio-economic and political situation of Manipur. Thus the author attempts to study in detail the nature and the extent of unemployment and underemployment in the state, their causes etc. and offer measures for minimising the problems thereof.