South Asian Aesthetics

University of Pennsylvania, Fall 2014

Session 15: The Aesthetics of Devotion Part I: God as Love(r)

Guest speaker: John Stratton Hawley, Barnard College. Over the past month we have studied the concept of rasa (with its attendant concepts of bhāva, vibhāva, abhinaya, etc.) in the writings of several thinkers and in the context … Continue reading

October 26, 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

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

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