Rasa and the implied meaning of Natyasastra

Nair, Sreenath (2011) Rasa and the implied meaning of Natyasastra. In: International Natyasastra Conference, 8-10 March 2011, Varanasi, India.

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Abstract

The Natyashastra (BC200-AD200), the Indian manual on theatre and performance, in its very nature offers some deeper understanding and richer experience of the art of theatre. It is a discourse on the art of the actor which unfolds on many levels with complex layering of esthetic and philosophical discussions investigating the nature and dynamics of the art of theatre. The Natyasastra has implicit and explicit meanings. On the surface level, the text explains various physical techniques, dramatic structure, multiple dimensions of space and time as a system of knowledge. The explicit meaning of the Natyasastra is about theatrical discourse of meaning. The implicit meaning of the text clarifies the perceptual modalities involved in a performance event, and Rasa is the term used in the Natyasastra to explain this actor/spectator dynamics. The paper will investigate the importance of the concept of rasa within the context of the current debates in performance studies about

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Keynote)
Additional Information:The Natyashastra (BC200-AD200), the Indian manual on theatre and performance, in its very nature offers some deeper understanding and richer experience of the art of theatre. It is a discourse on the art of the actor which unfolds on many levels with complex layering of esthetic and philosophical discussions investigating the nature and dynamics of the art of theatre. The Natyasastra has implicit and explicit meanings. On the surface level, the text explains various physical techniques, dramatic structure, multiple dimensions of space and time as a system of knowledge. The explicit meaning of the Natyasastra is about theatrical discourse of meaning. The implicit meaning of the text clarifies the perceptual modalities involved in a performance event, and Rasa is the term used in the Natyasastra to explain this actor/spectator dynamics. The paper will investigate the importance of the concept of rasa within the context of the current debates in performance studies about
Keywords:theatre studies, performance studies, Natyasastra, Indian theatre, South Asian Studies
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W310 Musicianship/Performance studies
W Creative Arts and Design > W410 Acting
W Creative Arts and Design > W440 Theatre studies
W Creative Arts and Design > W400 Drama
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Performing Arts
ID Code:3916
Deposited By: Sreenath Nair
Deposited On:28 Jan 2011 11:33
Last Modified:11 Aug 2014 16:55

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