The Sanskritist, novelist, translator and teacher’s brilliant exposition of the multiple connections between aesthetic, religious and erotic rapture in Indian literature narrated with relish and the author’s renowned straddling of academic acumen and intimate tone, the folk tale and the epic…
This essay is the celebrated danseuse’s keen introspection into her study of the rasa theory and the understanding of it along with the application of its elements in her choreography. Written with artistic perception and subtlety, the prose liberally quotes from varied texts thus adding layers…
Kumar Shahani and Udayan Vajpeyi
Distinguished filmmaker Kumar Shahani and eminent poet Udayan Vajpeyi present a remarkable paper that is equally discourse and dialogue on their idea of the development of rasa. Both nuanced and penetrating, this essay at once unfolds and foregrounds a hoary aesthetic practice as interpreted by…
Priya Sarukkai Chabria
The rapture of translating into contemporary English the sacred songs of 8th-century girl mystic Andal is narrated as a passionate enquiry into the unfolding wonders and complexities of an earlier artistic and equally rigorous tradition—that of Sangam (2nd century BCE—4th century CE) Tamil…
In this thought-provoking essay Prof. H.S. Shivaprakash posits the possible limits of rasa aesthetics by brilliantly analysing its realms of influence and mode of transforming meaning, particularly in theatre. The scholar-teacher-translator writes, ‘…the way rasa gets transformed through…
Prize-winning translator from Hindi, Philip Lutgendorf offers insights into his pet passion: commercial Hindi cinema, better known as Bollywood. This industry has successfully withstood the onslaught of Hollywood for decades, a feat no other national film industry has pulled off with as much…
The story of Nala and Damayanti is an integral part of the Indian narrative repertoire. It is a story of love, of desire and temptation, of separation and diguise, of faith and spiritual evolution, of struggle and transcendence of misfortune.
Nalopakyana, the basic story of Nala and Damayanti…
Editor: Priya Sarukkai Chabria
The incredible diversity of cultural practice and the bewildering plurality of aesthetic style and sensibility across South Asia might presuppose an indecipherable state of ongoing chaos. But there is, possibly, an invisible thread, an intangible pattern and purpose running through it.
'When one sees such perfection in satvika abhinaya on the stage, one is not aware of the strenuous efforts that have been expended over centuries to attain that goal. For abhinaya is the core of Kathakali while satvika abhinaya is its delicious kernel', writes M.K.K. Nayar.
in Library Artifacts
This article is about Raas and Garba, dance forms of Gujarat, and their depiction in the art forms such as textiles, sculptures and paintings.
in Library Artifacts