Agamas in Indian Dramatics and Musicology

Gautam Chatterjee, Indian Mind, 2016, Pbk, 209 p, ISBN : 9788186117231, $28.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Agamas in Indian Dramatics and Musicology

Contents: Foreword by Kavalam Narayana Panikkar.  Introduction. 1. Fundamentals of performing arts. 2. Agamas. 3. Intertexuality, consciousness and hermeneutics. 4. Influence and reflection of agama on Natya Veda and Brhaddest. 5. Influence and reflection of agama on Abhinava Bharati and Sangita Ratnakara. 6. Significant findings. References. Bibliography.

In the ancient lexicons of Vedic and classical periods, the influence of Agama has been parliamentary and pivotal. Natyaveda by seer Bharata is a magnum opus dates back to 5th century B.C. The other important works in musicology such as Brihaddeshi, Abhinavabharati and Sangitaratnakara are from post-Vedic and mediaeval periods, distinguishly composed by the great Saivite polymaths. Thus the streams of Agama consciousness and the works of Indian art and poetics went together in the creative evolution of Indian mind. It was obvious to trace and deconstruct the inter-influence in modern cultural mileu. This research work is the outcome.

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