9780231131452-0231131453-Rasa: Performing the Divine in India

Rasa: Performing the Divine in India

ISBN-13: 9780231131452
ISBN-10: 0231131453
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Schwartz, Susan
Publication date: 2004
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Format: Paperback 118 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780231131452
ISBN-10: 0231131453
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Schwartz, Susan
Publication date: 2004
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Format: Paperback 118 pages

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Acknowledged authors Schwartz, Susan wrote Rasa: Performing the Divine in India comprising 118 pages back in 2004. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0231131453 and 9780231131452. Since then Rasa: Performing the Divine in India textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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While many people outside India find the images, sounds, and practices of Indian performing arts compelling and endeavor to incorporate them into the "global" repertoire, few are aware of the central role of religious belief and practice in Indian aesthetics. Completing the trilogy that includes Darsan: Seeing the Divine and Mantra: Hearing the Divine in India and America, this volume focuses on how rasa has been applied in a range of Indian performance traditions.

"Rasa" is taste, essence, flavor. How is it possible that a word used to describe a delicious masala can also be used to critique a Bharata Natyam performance? Rasa expresses the primary goals of performing arts in India in all the major literary, philosophical, and aesthetic texts, and it provides the cornerstone of the oral traditions of transmission. It is also essential to the study and production of sculpture, architecture, and painting. Yet its primary referent is cuisine. This book articulates the religious sensibility underlying the traditional performing arts as well as other applications of rasa and examines the relationships between the arts and religion in India today.

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