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Sanskrit Drama: With Special Reference to Prahasana and Vithi

S. Ramaratnam (Author)

Prahasana and the Vithi are two of the major playforms in Sanskrit Drama. Though studies on some individual prahasanas and vithis have appeared from time to time in research journals, there is no comprehensive study of the two playforms on comparative basis, undertaken so far. The present book is an attempt to cover all aspects of prahasana and vithi, in theory and practice. It is based on an in-depth study of manuscripts, microfilms and transcripts collected from various sources.

Beginning with the important aspects of Sanskrit drama, the book briefly examines the theories of rasa realization and presents a detailed account of the hasya rasa besides undertaking a study of the theoretical aspects of the prahasana first and the vithi in a later chapter, as sanctioned in the works on dramaturgy. It also presents an account of the suddha prahasanas that provide a contrasting picture in comparison with the samkirna variety. The work also analyses a few important vithi specimens. The chapter on the Vithyangas is a special feature of the work. Illustrations from well-known dramas serve to explain the textual matter with a rare clarity of thought and expressions.

This volume will interest scholars and students of Indology who are focused on the study of Sanskrit drama and dramaturgy, in particular, and literature, in general. It will also benefit readers interested in ancient Indian theatre.

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About the author

S. Ramaratnam

Dr. S. Ramaratnam is the Vice-Chancellor Designate of the proposed Jagadguru Kripalu University I n Orissa. Earlier to this, he was working as the Vice-Chancellor of Sri Sri University, Bhubaneshwar. Having worked as the Director of a management Institute and Principal of College, he has more than 40 years of experience in the academic world. He has 5 Postgraduate degrees including MBA and MPhil. In Management and  MA, PhD in Sanskrit, as well as degrees and diplomas in as many as 12 subjects. He has been awarded a number of titles such as Samskrta ratna and Bharata kala Nipuna. He was also a Visiting Professor at Oxford University for two terms. He has presided over sessions at International Conference held in Germany. The Netherland, Austria, Australia, USA, South Africa and Malaysia. He has published a number of book and more than 50 articles in leading Journals.

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Title Sanskrit Drama: With Special Reference to Prahasana and Vithi
Author S. Ramaratnam
Format Hardcover
Date published: 16.10.2013
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 8124606552, 9788124606551
length xiii+498p., Appendices; Bibliography; Index (Sanskrit and English); 23cm.