Rasa trialogue: gestural reconstruction of seeing in Nangiyar Kuthu

Nair, Sreenath (2013) Rasa trialogue: gestural reconstruction of seeing in Nangiyar Kuthu. In: Women in Asian Theatre Conference, 13 - 14 September 2013, University of Lincoln, UK.

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Visibility and seeing, to a greater extent, are gestural and embodied in classical Indian performance traditions. Seeing is not only a physical act and visibility and presence are not conceived strictly as material conditions of perception. The Natyasastra, in many ways, proposes the idea that the actor’s body is ‘optical mechanism’ capable of generating and delivering embodied visuality in a performance. The visual field of a classical Indian performance, therefore, depends greatly on the physical presence and the performance of the actor’s body. The performance, therefore, is a means to structure the act of spectator’s seeing as well as what is being seen.

Keywords:Drama, Consciousness
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W400 Drama
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
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ID Code:18593
Deposited On:08 Sep 2015 12:16

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