[INDOLOGY] mnemotechnics and visualisation in Indian traditional recitation techniques

George Thompson gthomgt at gmail.com
Sun Jun 16 23:43:26 UTC 2013

Dear list members,

When examining the mnemotechnics of Vedic recitation one should begin, of
course, with Frits Staal's work, beginning with his early work on Nambudiri
Vedic recitation, his audio and film recordings  of these recitations,  and
culminating in his last book,  Discovering the Vedas.

Soon, I will be posting a final call for contributions to a memorial volume
in honor  of Frits Staal, the planned deadline for papers at the moment
being, I believe, October 2013, with a publication date roughly a year

I urge scholars who wish to contribute to notify us as soon as possible. I
am in the process of inviting more contributions from Vedicists and Frits'
friends, in particular.

Best wishes,

George Thompson

On Sun, Jun 16, 2013 at 8:08 AM, Dipak Bhattacharya <
dbhattacharya200498 at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Three postures āyāma, viśrambha and ākşepa corresponding to the
> pronunciation of
> the acute, grave and circumflex were taught by Ṛgvedic ācāryas along with
> practical demonstration at least till the sixties.
> These were universal that is to say have been adopted by the Ārya Samājis
> too. In fact
> my experience is from the Ārya Samāja. See the RV Prātiśākhya 3.1. But the
> verse will give no idea of the rigorous training. Maharashtrian and Arya
> Samāji
> trainers of North India are not symbiotically related, at least not more
> than
> Roman Catholics and Presbyterians.
> The places of articulation are variously demonstrated but not through dia-
> grammes as in the Universities. At least a few decades ago Myanmar had
> kept alive a method of demonstration through the palms and fingers. These
> are not unknown in India.
> As far as I remember this topic came to be discussed in this forum a few
> years ago.
> Best
> DB
>   ------------------------------
>  *From:* Viktoria Lysenko <vglyssenko at yandex.ru>
> *To:* indology at list.indology.info
> *Sent:* Sunday, 16 June 2013 4:22 PM
> *Subject:* [INDOLOGY] mnemotechnics and visualisation in Indian
> traditional recitation techniques
> Dear colleagues, especially those of you who had undergone a traditional
> brahmanic education,
> I would like to know whether any visual images, or interiour visualization
> techniques are involved in the traditional memorisation of Vedic or other
> texts? Or this memorisation is purely acoustic and dyachronic? How the
> memory of traditional pandita is organized, is there any spacial
> structurization?
> I ask these questions in order to better understand the role of oral
> tradition and alphabetic writing in arising of "atomistic approach" to
> speech in indian phonetics and grammar.
> May be, you can suggest some works which could help me.
> Thank you in advance!
> --
> Victoria Lysenko, dr.hab.philos.
> Head, Department for Oriental philosophy studies
> Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences
> Moscow, Volkhonka, 14
> Professor, Russian State University for Humanities
> Russia
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