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The Natyasastra and the Body in Performance : Essays on Indian Theories of Dance and Drama.

Author: Sreenath Nair
Publisher: Jefferson : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2015.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Natyasastra is the deep repository of Indian performance studies. It embodies centuries of performance knowledge developed in South Asia on a range of conceptual issues and practical methodologies of the body. The composition of the Natyasastra is attributed to Sage Bharatha, and dates back to between 200 BC and AD 200. Written in Sanskrit, the text contains 6000 verse stanzas integrated in 36 chapters  Read more...
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Nair, Sreenath.
Natyasastra and the Body in Performance : Essays on Indian Theories of Dance and Drama.
Jefferson : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, ©2015
Named Person: Bharata Muni.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sreenath Nair
ISBN: 9781476612218 1476612218
OCLC Number: 902418414
Description: 1 online resource (493 pages)
Contents: Acknowledgments; Foreword; Introduction: The Natyasastra and the Body in the Natyasastra; A Note on Orthography; SECTION 1: EPISTEMOLOGY; The Natyasastra: Explicit and Implicit1; Epistemology of Aesthetic Experience: Some Reflections on the Natyasastra; SECTION 2: AESTHETICS; Abhinaya Redefined; Rasa: Abhinavagupta on the Purpose(s) of Art; Comedy, Consciousness and the Natyasastra; Brat Tvam Asi: Rasa as a "Conscious State"; SECTION 3: NEUROSCIENCE; Rasaesthetics: The Enteric Nervous System in Performance; Synesthetics1: Rasa as Metaphors in Performance; Rasa Is/As/And Emotional Contagion. SECTION 4: RELIGION, RITUAL AND KUTIYATTAMThe Aesthetics of Kutiyattam; Actor's Imagination: Kutiyattam and the Natyasastra; The Religious Background of the Natyasastra Tradition; SECTION 5: TRANSCULTURAL THEORY AND PERFORMANCE PRACTICE; Zero Plus One: Beckett and the Natyasastra; Darshana and Abhinaya: An Alternative to Male Gaze1; About the Contributors; List of Names and Terms.

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The Natyasastra is the deep repository of Indian performance studies. It embodies centuries of performance knowledge developed in South Asia on a range of conceptual issues and practical methodologies of the body. The composition of the Natyasastra is attributed to Sage Bharatha, and dates back to between 200 BC and AD 200. Written in Sanskrit, the text contains 6000 verse stanzas integrated in 36 chapters discussing a wide range of issues in theatre arts, including dramatic composition; construction of the playhouse; detailed analysis of the musical scales; body movements; various types of ac.

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