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Rasa : Performing the Divine in India - Susan L. Schwartz


Performing the Divine in India

Paperback Published: 11th August 2004
ISBN: 9780231131452
Number Of Pages: 160
For Ages: 22+ years old

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While many people outside India find the images, sounds, and practices of Indian performing arts compelling and endeavor to incorporate them into the "global" repertoire, few are aware of the central role of religious belief and practice in Indian aesthetics. Completing the trilogy that includes "Darsan: Seeing the Divine" and "Mantra: Hearing the Divine in India and America, " this volume focuses on how "rasa" has been applied in a range of Indian performance traditions.

"Rasa" is taste, essence, flavor. How is it possible that a word used to describe a delicious "masala" can also be used to critique a Bharata Natyam performance? Rasa expresses the primary goals of performing arts in India in all the major literary, philosophical, and aesthetic texts, and it provides the cornerstone of the oral traditions of transmission. It is also essential to the study and production of sculpture, architecture, and painting. Yet its primary referent is cuisine. This book articulates the religious sensibility underlying the traditional performing arts as well as other applications of rasa and examines the relationships between the arts and religion in India today.

"This volume is a gem that deserves wide distribution. It is destined to become a classic contribution to the literature on Hinduism and Indian civilization." -- Choice "It thoughtfully explores an aesthetic of great depth and elegance." -- Dance Magazine "This book is clear and accessible for the introductory reader." -- Mythili Kumar, Asian Theatre Journal "[ Rasa] should prove a valuable classroom tool as well as a necessary addition to college libraries." -- Constantina Rhodes Bailly, Hindu Studies "Recommended to all those needing a sympathetic and intelligent introduction to the Indian performance arts and their appreciation." -- Edwin Gerow, Journal of the American Oriental Society

PrefaceTransliteration and RomanizationA Taste of Things to ComeRASA in Theory: Text and ContextA. Etymological IngredientsB. Sources of InspirationC. A Written Recipe for the ArtsD. Influences and ImplicationsRASA in Practice: Drama, Dance, MusicA. All The Stage Is But a WorldB. Dance As MysteryBharata NatyamShringara Rasa: What Love Has to Do With ItKathakaliKathakC. Good Taste In MusicTransformations In Time And SpaceGlossaryBibliography

ISBN: 9780231131452
ISBN-10: 0231131453
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 11th August 2004
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.25