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Brhaddesi of Sri Matanga Muni, Volume II

Kapila Vatsyayan (Editor) Prem Lata Sharma (Editor) Kalamulasastra Series

Brhaddesi is a landmark in Sangitasastra for more than one reason.  It is the solitary text that forges a link between Natyasastra and Dattilam on the one hand and Abhinava Bharati on the other, the gap extending over more than five hudnred years. Its direct influence on later texts like Sangita-Ratnakara and its commentaries is obvious in various ways, be it nada from the Tantric stream or the etymology of variuos terms or the description of ragas.  the fact that it is co-eval with the emergence of the special style of bhasya in various systems of philosophy has lent it a unique halo in the form of its scholastic style, indirect reference to quite a few systems of philosophy and incorporation of the Tantric tradition.  Speaking of Sangita, Brhaddesi is the first extant text to describe raga, to introduce sarigama notation, to usher in a fresh approach towards sruti, svara, grama, murchana, jati etc., to introduce prabandha, the compositional form independent of drama, to establish the concept of desi and its counterpart marga and to mention ethnic groups like sabara, pulinda, naga etc. in the context of bhasas (varieties) of gramaragas.

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About the authors

Kapila Vatsyayan

Kapila Vatsyayan artist and art historian is internationally acknowledged as the pioneer of evolving alternate models of research for establishing inter and intra-relationship of different domains of knowledge and creativity. Her own work moves from a deep understanding of the primary textual sources of the East and West, principally Sanskrit and English, and a direct experience of the arts as performer. It focuses attention on the inter relationship of the concept and creative interpretation in architecture, sculpture, painting, music, and dance. The kinetic image enables her to delve deeper into the textual and oral sources and the fundamental metaphysics which govern form and structure of the arts. She has convincingly drawn attention to the sacred geometry which pervades all the Indian arts. As visualiser of the conceptual plan of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, she leaps across many disciplines, questions the conventional boundaries and finally establishes several bridges of communication between traditional thought and modern science. This has resulted in many multi-disciplinary studies of space and time, nature and culture, man and society, chaos and order. Her holistic integral vision is explicit in the volumes she has edited on these subjects. Her first work, Classical Indian Dance in Literature and the Arts, is a milestone by experts the world over. This work was followed by many others including the definitive study of Dance in Indian Painting, The Theoretical Basis of Asian Aesthetic Traditions; Traditional Indian Theatre: Multiple Streams; six volumes on Gita Govinda; Bharata and the Natyasastra; and the Square and the Circle of the Indian Arts. She has edited the volumes on Concepts of Space: Ancient and Modern and Concepts of Time: Ancient and Modern published by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi.

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Prem Lata Sharma

Dr. Prem Lata Sharma was Professor of Musicology, Banaras Hindu University (retired in 1987) and Vice-Chancellor, Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya, Khairagarh. She also published the critical editions of Rasavilasa (1972) and Eklingamahatmyam (1976).

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Bibliographic information

Title Brhaddesi of Sri Matanga Muni, Volume II
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1994
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8120810309, 9788120810327
length xviii+320p., Tables; 26cm.