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Time in Indian Culture: Diverse Perspectives

Priyadarshi Patnaik (Author) Suhita Chopra Chatterjee (Author) Damodar Suar (Author)
Synopsis The concept of time has been variously interpreted and debated in the Indian tradition since ancient times. It is referred to by the word kala which has many meanings like time personified, time as death, time as a cycle and so on, and other words like samaya, vela, kshana as well, which refer to various aspects of time.

The volume is a comprehensive collection of papers dealing with the philosophical, religious/spiritual and linguistic aspects of time, and time as understood in Indian art, music and other aspects of culture. Scholars explore themes such as the notion of beginning of time in cosmology, theology and philosophy, time as interpreted by the Indian philosophical systems, use of the notion of time by Bhartrihari, and concepts of time as interpreted by Indian poets. They examine time as experienced in the seasonal, ritual cycles of Indian social, cultural and physical life, use of tala and laya in north Indian music, interpretation of time in the Ragamala painting tradition, perception of time in Indian architecture, and in Indian popular culture.
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About the authors

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).

Suhita Chopra Chatterjee

Suhita Chopra Chatterjee, Ph.D., is professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT Kharagpur (India). She has worked on various aspects of sociology in India with an abiding interest in Indian philosophical thought. She has authored three books and published several national and international papers. Her latest works include a co-edited volume on Discourses on Ageing and Dying (Sage).

Damodar Suar

Damodar Suar, Ph.D., is professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT Kharagpur (India). He is an associate editor of the journal Psychological Studies. His research focuses on social issues. He has authored over 70 scientific/professional articles including book chapters and his books include Psychological Aspects of Polarisation Phenomenon, Management through Interpersonal Relationships (co-editor), and Psychology matters: Development, Health and Organization (co-editor). He has handled more than 30 research/consultancy projects, and co-ordinated more than 15 training programmes.

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Bibliographic information

Title Time in Indian Culture: Diverse Perspectives
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.10.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 8124605351, 9788124605356
length vi+238p., 16 B/w Plates; Index; 23cm.