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The Winged Form Aesthetical Essays on Hindustani Rhythm

Price : $24.75
ISBN # : 9788124606339
Author : Sushil Kumar Saxena
pages: 199
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd.
Published : 2012

This collection of essays, a thoroughly revised and enlarged version of its first earlier edition (1979), is a pioneering treatment of the Hindustani rhythm in the way of contemporary (Western) aesthetics. It seeks, on the one hand, to determine and distinguish the meaning of such key words as laya, matra, bol, theka, sama, and layakari, and, on the other hand, to seize the details and aesthetic semblances of live rhythm as they appear to contemplation. Some wider aesthetical questions have also been addressed in this book. How, if at all, can rhythm be regarded as an autonomous art? What are the elements of its winged form, and how can it yet appear steadfast and virtually motionless? Is it proper to speak of the art of rhythm as symbolic in its significance or as expressive in some distinctive way? Or, can it be said to embody what it signifies? Insofar as rhythm is fast becoming a vital subject of aesthetic reflection in the West today, the book also seeks to weigh the conflicting views of two modern aestheticians, Susanne K. Langer and Philip Alperson, against the theory and practice of Hindustani rhythm. Every lover of this specific genre of rhythm stands to benefit from a reading of this book. It would prove to be of value also to those who are interested in Kathak dance, for no other classical dance of India depends so manifestly on rhythm.



Contents:

Preface Acknowledgement 1. Aesthetic Theory and Hindustani Rhythm 2. Our Rhythm and Croce 3. The Concept of Laya in Hindustani Music 4. TAla, Bol, ThekA 5. Phenomenology of Sama in Hindustani Rhythm 6. Form and Content 7. Aesthetic Character of some Asymmetrical Rhythms 8. Sama and Musical Structure 9. Rhythm in Kathak Dance 10. Towards an Aesthetics of Hindustani Rhythm 11. Our Rhythm vis-A-vis Susanne Langer's view 12. Laya, TAla, Rhythm and a Contemporary Debate Bibliography Index



Author Bio: Sushil Kumar Saxena (b. 1921) is widely known today as a scholar who has shown the way to look at Indian music, rhythm, and dance in the way of contemporary Western aesthetics. As a professor of philosophy at Delhi University, he distinguished himself with his very first book, Studies in the Metaphysics of Bradley (1967) published by George Allen & Unwin, London, and Humanities Press, New York, in their prestigious Muirhead Library series of philosophical works.

Dr Saxena introduced the teaching of aesthetics at Delhi University in 1964; and, since his retirement in 1986, has published a steady stream of scholarly papers in internationally reputed journals through the 1970s and 80s. What is more, he has produced six books on Hindustani music, rhythm and Kathak dance, besides a work on philosophy of religion, Ever Unto God: Essays on Gandhi and Religion (1988). His latest book is Hindustani Sangeet: Some Perspectives, Some Performers (Sangeet Natak Akademi, and D.K. Printworld 2010).

For all this scholarly work, Prof. Saxena has been honoured by Sangeet Natak Akademi with its Annual Award (2007) and its fellowship in 2008. He was bestowed the state honour, Padma Bhushan, also in 2008.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Thursday 01 March, 2012.
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