Workshop on the Rasa Theory

Centre for Religious Studies held a week-long Workshop on the RasaTheory from February 13-17, 2017 in Manipal.

This workshop principally included a close textual reading of selections from the Rasādhyāya (chapter 6) of the Nāṭyaśāstra of Bharatamuni—the celebrated work on Indian aesthetics—together with the Abhinavabhāratī commentary of Abhinavagupta. The aim of the workshop is not only to familiarize the participants with the principal questions and debates in Indian aesthetics, but also to discuss the philological challenges posed by these texts with experts in the field.

Professor C. Rajendran, University of Calicut, Calicut was the principal instructor. A few other experts of Indian aesthetics also joined us. The morning and afternoon sessions included the readings of the text in Sanskrit followed by special lectures in the afternoon. The seminar was held in English and readings were circulated in advance. Special events like Yakṣagāna performance which is a native folk theatre form of Malenāḍu region in Karnataka, was  organized besides an afternoon excursion to the local Jaina temples in Karkala.