South Asian Aesthetics

University of Pennsylvania, Fall 2014

Session 21: The Aesthetics of Dissent Part II: Gender, Identity and Violence

In this session, we will continue discussing the intersections between aesthetics and political/social conflict and dissent by looking at two readings that highlight the gendered nature of aesthetics.  The first, by … Continue reading

November 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Session 20: Aesthetic and Performance of Devotional Music with Yogi Trivedi

During this session we will have the tremendous pleasure and benefit of listening to Yogendra (Yogi) Trivedi speak on aesthetics in the theory and practice of devotional singing in the … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Session 16: The Aesthetics of Devotion Part II- Discipline and Connoisseurship

“Sama is a proving ground for men of spiritual prowess.” — Nizam ud-din Awliya, in the Fawa’id al-Fu’ad جاں کیوں نکلنے لگتی ہے تن سے دمِ سماع گر وہ صدا سمائی … Continue reading

October 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

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