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Indian Aesthetics: Convergences and Divergences

Priyadarshi Patnaik (Author) Joy Sen (Author)

Contents: Preface. Introduction. Part I: Theoretical Explorations. 1. Indian Aesthetics: Divergence and Convergence Possibilities, Scope and Limits/Ananta Charan Sukla. 2. Art and Aesthetics: A Few Philosophical Reflections/ P.K. Mukhopadhyay. 3. Literary Theories in Sanskrit: Basic Concepts and Interrelations/Radhavallabh Tripathi. 4. Indian Aesthetics and Art: A Conceptual Overview/Ranjan K. Ghosh. 5. Indian Music: An Introduction/Bharat Gupt. 6. Origin of Rasa: A Philosophical Appraisal/Subhash Phogat. 7. Ontological Analysis of Natya/Sonal Nimbkar and Navjyoti Singh. Part II: Applications. 8. The Indian New Wave Cinema: A Methodological ‘Convergence’ towards a New Cognitive ‘Divergence’/Deb Kamal Ganguly. 9. Idealism in Indian Aesthetics: A Short Note on Two Early Twentieth Century Thinkers/Joydeep Dutta. 10. From Seventh Art to Post-Aesthetics: Bollywood and the Demise of the Aesthetics of the Auteur/Anindya S. Purakayastha. 11. The Shelleyan Aesthetic: An Indian Perspective/P.G. Rama Rao. 12. Futuristic Humane Habitation Culture and Rabindranath Tagore/Arunendu Banerjee. 13. Abanindranath Thakur: The Contemporary Fountainhead of Indian Aesthetics/Joy Sen. 14. Multimodality, Translation and Transformation in Ragamala Paintings: An Exploration of Interrelationships through the Notion of Iconicity/Priyadarshi Patnaik. 15. From Imitation to Ingenuity: Bengali Theatre from 1795–1857/Ujjwal Jana. Index. 


A collection of fifteen scholarly articles, this volume focuses on the convergences and divergences which exist in Indian aesthetics, focusing both on Theoretical Explorations and their Applications. Indian aesthetics encompasses traditions and texts that focus on literary, visual, structural and performative productions of a wide range of art forms that delight, entertain, provoke their audience in ways that are relevant to the life. These art forms result in various responses such as delight, emotional relish, and enjoyment. In their convergence with other arts, different Indian art forms, be it cinema, dance, drama, music, literature or sculpture, have practised a ‘give and take’ policy all through their history. Most of them are based on the rasa theory as the connecting thread. Talking about the divergences, the book details how different art forms emerged from a common root and shaped up as separate entities within the Indian framework, while embedding divergent viewpoints opening up the possibility of diverse views on the same concept. These developments also hold true for modern art forms like cinema. The volume provides illustrations taken from a wide range of art forms ancient and contemporary, talking about the diverse applications of Indian aesthetics across multiple art forms in recent times.

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About the author

Priyadarshi Patnaik

Priyadarshi Patnaik, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT Kharagpur (India). His areas of specialization include Indian aesthetics, visual culture and non-verbal communication. He is also a creative writer, painter, translator and photographer. He has authored more than 20 research articles and 15 creative writings in journals and edited volumes in India and outside. He has published two anthologies of poems, a critical work entitled Rasa in Aesthetics (DK Printworld), co-authored a monograph on non-verbal communication and co-edited a volume on Discourses on Ageing and Dying (Sage).

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Title Indian Aesthetics: Convergences and Divergences
Format Hardcover
Date published: 06.03.2022
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 9788124611432
length 259p.
Subjects Dance