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A Modern Introduction to Indian Aesthetic Theory

S.S. Barlingay (Author)

The foundation of the Indian aesthetic theory can be traced to Bharatamuni’s Natyasastra where he gave his theory of beauty (theory of rasa) which was later elaborately developed by learned scholars. In this work, Prof. Barlingay examines the development of the rasa theory by various authorities on art and aesthetics and finally presents his own critical understanding of it. The volume begins with a survey of the history of Indian art by examining painstakingly the relation between art and beauty, perception of time and space in art, and classification of arts. It then plunges into a detailed study of origin and development of rasa theory: from rasa in the Vedas and Upanishads to Bharata's rasa theory and perspectives of Abhinavagupta, Bhattatauta, Bhatta Lollata, Kuntaka, Dandin, Mammata, Vamana, Rudrata, Visvanatha, Bhamaha, Jagannatha and others who enriched it further with their own theories. It explains how principles were employed and –reemployed by the masters to reveal various meanings, inter-relationships, symbols, and perceptions of art. It highlights the salient features of each master's unique manner of interpretation of art concepts. The work is a must for scholars and students keen to study the fundamentals of concept and theory of India art, particularly with reference to drama and poetics.

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About the author

S.S. Barlingay

Prof. S.S. Barlingay (1919-1977), a repute4d name in teaching and research on philosophy, was founder-editor of several scholarly journals. He was a teacher of philosophy at prestigious universities within Indian including the universities of Delhi and Pune, and at the Perth University, Australia and Zagreb University, croatia. He published numerous books on logic, ethics, epistemology, aesthetics and politics philosophy. He was the chairman of the State Board of Literature and culture of the Government of Maharashtra.

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Bibliographic information

Title A Modern Introduction to Indian Aesthetic Theory
Format Hardcover
Date published: 15.11.2016
Edition Reprint.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 8124603774, 9788124603772
length xxvi+374p., Appendix; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.