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The Theatre According to the Natyasastra of Bharata

R.P. Kulkarni (Author)

Detailed descriptions of different types of theatres, depending on their shape and dimensions, are given in the second chapter of the Natyasastra, the famous treatise on dramaturgy, by the venerable sage Bharata. This chapter deals with the construction of theatres and obviously some technical terms are used while describing it. It may be observed that interpretations regarding dimensions, divisions, arrangements of columns etc. of theatres of different types, as well as the technical terms used, as given by most of the scholars, particularly the modern ones, are not correct, probably because of their lack of knowledge of engineering. The author has given his opinions on different aspects of theatre building based on the information given in the treatises of Silpasastra, written in Sanskrit, like the Samarangana Sutradhara, the Prasada Mandana, the Rajavallabha etc. In the introduction of this book comments by different scholars, from Abhinava Gupta to the modern scholars, like Ketkar, Raghavan, Subba Rao, Visvesvara Siddhanta Siromani etc., on different aspects of the theatre as described by Bharata, are discussed. Opinions of the author, based on the study of treatises of Silpasastra, on these aspects are also given. A translation of the second chapter of the Natyasastra is given. At the end, literature in Sanskrit, available on this subject, is appended.

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About the author

R.P. Kulkarni

Dr. R.P. Kulkarni is a civil engineer by profession He was awarded Ph. D. in Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, he is an ardent student of Indian Silpasastra and studied sulbasutras as these give information of giving layout of citis, pavilions, vedis, etc. for different sacrifices. The basic knowledge of geometry is also given in these sulbasutras. His following books on this subject are published: i. Cara Sulbasutre - Translation in Marathi of Sulbsutras by Baudhayana, Manava, Apastamba and Katyayana. ii. Geometry according to Sulbasutra - Derivations of different geometrical theoroms, formulae, etc., given in the sulbasutras, by different scholars as well as his own contribution, are presented. iii. Layout and Construction of Citis according to Baudhayana, Manava, and Apastamba Sulbasutras - The present volume is companion of this volume.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Theatre According to the Natyasastra of Bharata
Author R.P. Kulkarni
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2008
Edition 2nd ed.
Language: English
isbn 8185475814
length 132p., Plates; Figures; 27cm.