Bharata The Natyasastra

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Sahitya Akademi, 1996 - Sanskrit drama - 218 pages
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The Theory Of Rasa Enunciated By Bharata Has Stimulated Both Creativity And Critical Discourse In The Indian Arts For Nearly Two Thousand Years. The Text Of The Natyasastra Is As Relevant To Literature, Poetry And Drama As It Is To Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, Music And Dance. The Present Treatise Asks Fundamental Questions Not Only On This Text But On The Nature Of The Indian Textual Tradition. It Re-Examines Issues Of Authorship, Dating, Primary Material, Orality And Text. It Places The Text In The Context Of An Overarching Worldview And Analyses With Incisive Sharpness, The Structure Of The Text. It Traces The History Of The Inflows And Outflows, Of The Pretext, The Precursors, The Commentators And The Interpreters Of The Text. The Analogy Of The Perennial Flow Of The River, With Its Multiple Streams, Without Loss Of Continuity And Identity But Potential For Change And Renewal Makes This Work As Fresh As Unconventional In Its Approach. It Makes Compelling Reading For The Specialist And The Lay Reader.

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