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Vyangyavyakhya : the aesthetics of dhvani in theatre /

Vyangyavyakhya :  the aesthetics of dhvani in theatre /
DK Number:DK-232354
ISBN: 8124606994
Title: Vyangyavyakhya : the aesthetics of dhvani in theatre /
Author: edited by K.G. Paulose.
Imprint: New Delhi : Published by Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan and D.K. Printworld,
Physical Desc.: xvi, 546 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Year: 2013
Price: USD 42.00
Language: English and Sanskrit.
Volume Title: pt. 1. Prologue -- pt. 2. Performance text -- pt. 3. Epilogue.
Subject Strings: Theater--India--History.
  Theater in art.
  Aesthetics.
  Dhvani (Poetics)
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The doctrine of dhvani that was expounded by Anandavardhana in the ninth century AD in Kashmir received much acclamation in the south. Kulashekhara, a royal dramatist of Kerala, applied the concept to the theatre of his time. His performance text is the Vyangyavyakhya, comprising two dramas, Subhadradhananjaya and Tapatisamvarana. Kulashekhara himself enacted the roles of characters and demonstrated his innovative notion about performance. The texts encapsulate the history of classical theatre in Kerala. This volume presents the performance texts of Subhadradhananjaya and Tapatisamvarana, in a manner that would be intelligible to modern scholars and students.

The book examines in-depth the Sanskrit theatre till the tenth century AD. Eminent scholars take up aspects of the Vyangyavyakhya in the introduction to the book. The work describes the circumstances that led to the composition of the Vyangyavyakhya, the main characters, and the retrospective narrations that at times blossomed into full performance texts, illustrating the concept of the author that the dramatic text is only a seed from which there can be further growth. The epilogue analyses the impact of Kulashekhara in the evolution of the classical theatre of Kutiyattam, Krishnattam, Kathakali and Mohiniyattam. An attempt is also to view the contributions of Bhasa, in particular his Mahabharata plays, from a new perspective. It emphasises Bhasa’s emphasis on the world of the subalterns, the marginalised who were condemned to hide in the bye-ways.

Dr. K. G. Paulose, at present a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, was the first Vice-Chancellor of Kerala Kalamandalam. He is a specialist in comparative aesthetics, Natyashastra, ancient theatre and the Kutiyattam art form. He has been honoured by the Kerala Sahitya Akademi and Kerala Sangeet Natak Akademi. In 2009, Thirupati Sanskrit Viswavidyalaya has conferred the title of ‘Vachaspati’ on him.

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Title Contents
Chapter No.Chapter TitleChapter AuthorPage No.
Introduction
Performative Tradition of Sanskrit Plays: Significance of "Vyangyavyakhya"K.D. Tripathi1
Natyasastra and Its Regional ManifestationsRadhavallabh Tripathi12
Introducing VyangyavyakhyaN.P. Unni22
Indian Theatre: Crisis of IdentityKavalam Narayana Panikkar27
Part IPrologue
INatyasastra and Vyangyavyakhya35
IINatyasastra and Kutiyattam44
IIITextual Analysis51
Part IIPerformance Text
I. Dhananjayadhvani
IVThe Beginning69
VRetrospective Narration76
VIThe Hero in Action89
VIIEntry of the Jester103
VIIIThe Heroine on Stage125
IXTraditional Acting Manual Attaprakaram151
XPerformance Text for Contemporary Stage175
XIThe Interlude - Recapitulation of Kalpalatika189
XIIVyangyavyakhya in Practice - Nannyarkuttu192
XIIIEntry of Chamberlain (Interlude continued)202
XIVKancukiyam - An Innovative Reconstruction216
XVHero in the Disguise of a Mendicant230
XVIRecapitulation of Subhadra in Act V250
XVIISubhadradhananjayam Acts II to V258
II. Samvaranadhvani
XVIIITapatisamvaranam Dramatic Text Act I301
XIXTapatisamvaranam Dramatic Text Act II355
XXTapatisamvaranam Dramatic Text Act III414
XXITapatisamvaranam Acts IV to VI450
Part IIIEpilogue
XXIIPost-Kulasekhara Reconstructions477
XXIIIFrom the Secular to the Sacred488
XXIVDiscovery of Bhasa495
XXVLiving Traditions of Vyangyavyakhya502
XXVISanskrit Plays on Contemporary Stage510
XXVIIReinventing Bharata524
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