South Asian Aesthetics

University of Pennsylvania, Fall 2014

Session 08: Sound and Meaning Part III- The Indo-Persian and Urdu Traditions

Coordinator: Vidya As we discussed last week, syntactic, morphological and lexicographical particularities shape the poetic possibilities of a language, meaning that no two languages’ poetics will be exactly alike.  Keeping that in … Continue reading

September 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Session 07: Sound and Meaning Part II

Coordinator: Mercedes How are the special effects of sound and cognition in poetry achieved?  How is it possible that poetry says so much without actually ‘saying’ it? “The connoisseur (sahṛdayaḥ) … Continue reading

September 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Session 06: Sound and Meaning Part I

Coordinator: Yvonne What is literature? How does language work? How does poetic language work, and what makes it different from everyday language?   शब्दार्थौ सहितौ काव्यम् । (śabdārthau sahitau kāvyam) … Continue reading

September 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Post: Experiencing the synthesis of Edward Hopper and Lauryn Hill, cognitively and viscerally

Gisella Velasco and Toni Potenciano: “Not even if my boss would call.” Reviewed by Yvonne HC. While it is not South Asian art, when I saw “Not even if my … Continue reading

September 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Post: Bharatanatyam dancer performs nine rasas in Tamil film

Hello everyone, Here is a video of a very beautiful song, “Marainthirunthu Paarkum Marummam Enna?” (What’s the Secret Behind Your Hiding and Watching Me Dance?), hosted by Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X71I8tfE37c. … Continue reading

September 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Post: Zadie Smith- The Writer’s Palette, Sept 17, 5:00-6:30, Penn Museum

Occasionally, in addition to posting information about course sessions, the students of the class and I (the instructor) will post information about events, books, videos, websites, exhibits, and other objects … Continue reading

September 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Session 5.1: Rasa Part II

Coordinator: Tyler In this session we will continue our discussion of rasa and associated concepts both by using them to understand pieces of poetry and drama and by comparing the system … Continue reading

September 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Session 05: Rasa Part II

Coordinator: Vidya In this session we will continue our discussion of rasa and associated concepts both by using them to understand pieces of poetry and drama and by comparing the system … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Post: Transliteration of Indic languages

Transliteration of Indic languages into the Roman script has been a headache that has plagued researchers, teachers, and most importantly students for more than a few centuries now.  However, in … Continue reading

September 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Session 04: Rasa Part I

Coordinator: Corey What happens when we have an aesthetic experience?  How do art, literature, music, etcetera produce emotional, physical, and cognitive effects in the audience member? न हि रसादृते कश्चिदर्थः … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · 1 Comment