South Asian Aesthetics

University of Pennsylvania, Fall 2014

Resources II: Articles, events, miscellaneous

Note: students are encouraged to contribute material to this page.  This page will be regularly updated.

Madhubani painting of Yashoda milking cow with Krishna.  Anonymous.  Contemporary.

Madhubani painting of Yashoda milking cow with Krishna. Anonymous. Contemporary.

Betty Quinn and Sarah Wever: Exploring Algorithms in Islamic Art

A fascinating way of seeing the mathematical and geometrical in the Islamicate collections at the Metropolitan…  and a very cumbersome-looking device.

Kit Messham-Muir: “Three questions not to ask about art– and four to ask instead.”

A thought-provoking article; though perhaps it is worth asking some of those questions… in any case we ourselves will be asking some of them in this course.  Thank you Anannya!

Subhash Chandran, Karnatak percussionist:

Sept. 4, 2012, 1:30-2:50pm.  Van Pelt Library, Class of ’55 Room.  Organized by Allyn Miner.

Fringe Festival: September 5-12, 2014

If you want to witness some rasa-filled performances that stretch the limits of performance aesthetics as we know them, see some of the excellent programs going on in Philadelphia this month:

Underground Shakespeare Company: As You Like It, Sept 11-13, 2014

Free performances of one of Shakespeare’s comedies, right here at the University of Pennsylvania.

Anita Ranjani: “Shringara” Bharathanatyam performance, Sept 14-22, 2014

An opportunity to see a full margam or repertoire performed by a seasoned Bharathanatyam dancer:

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

Novelist and essayist Zadie Smith will be speaking on the aesthetics and politics of color as part of the Penn Humanities Forum’s S.T. Lee distinguished lectures series.  Will doubtless be the kind of talk that expands one’s horizons; do try to make it if you can.

Farah Jasmine Griffen: New Shades of Blue- Black Women Singers in the Seventies, Nov 12, 5:00 – 6:30 PM, Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum

As we will be discussing in this course, people have not only theorized aesthetics of sound, but theorized such details as what type of voice (male/female, low/high, etc.) are best suited for particular genres and moods.  Sometimes individuals and groups have challenged these logics and conventions.  Farah Jasmine Griffen will be speaking about such challenges in her talk on black women singers in the seventies breaking typical conceptions of race and gender vocality.


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