[INDOLOGY] Workshop on the Rasa Theory, Manipal, India (February 13-17, 2017)

Mrinal Kaul mrinalkaul81 at gmail.com
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*Workshop on the Rasa Theory, Manipal, India*

*February 13-17, 2017*

*Organized by *

Centre for Religious Studies

Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities

Manipal University, Manipal, India

Centre for Religious Studies invites applications for a week-long *Workshop
on the Rasa Theory* from *February 13-17, 2017* in Manipal.


The *Nāṭyaśāstra *is an encyclopaedic treatise on art and aesthetics in
pre-modern India and* Abhinavabhāratī, *the most widely studied commentary
on it by Abhinavagupta (c. 950-1020 CE). They are important for they are
the significant sources for understanding theatrics and dramaturgy,
philosophy of arts and aesthetics, and performing arts. They interest
scholars of Indian music, theatre, and literature, as well as intellectual
historians and philologists. Their proper understanding is an extraordinary
attempt towards the development of Indian intellectual history.

*About the Workshop*

There have been a number of attempts at editing and translating the text of
the *Nāṭyaśāstra *and* Abhinavabhāratī, *including most recently Professor
K.D. Tripathi's first volume of the *Nāṭyaśāstra *(2015) and a selection of
translations included in Professor S. Pollock's *Rasa Reader* (2016). Despite
a relatively long history of scholarly engagement, however, much about this
tradition remains poorly understood, and the texts themselves remain very
difficult to establish conclusively: both texts are technical, and to add
to this, the *Nāṭyaśāstra* is available in widely-divergent forms in
several families of manuscripts, while the *Abhinavabhāratī* is available
only in a highly corrupt form in a single family of manuscripts.

This workshop will principally include a close textual reading of
selections from the *Rasādhyāya* (chapter 6) of the *Nāṭyaśāstra* of
Bharatamuni—the celebrated work on Indian aesthetics—together with the
*commentary of Abhinavagupta. The discussion in the *Abhinavabhāratī*
includes a critical overview of the history of Indian aesthetics up to
Abhinavagupta himself in the tenth century, including such thinkers as Śrī
Śaṅkuka, Bhaṭṭa Lollaṭa, Bhaṭṭa Nāyaka, etc. The aim of the workshop is not
only to familiarize the participants with the principal questions and
debates in Indian aesthetics, but also to discuss the philological
challenges posed by these texts with experts in the field. We will
therefore work with parallel texts and manuscripts in our readings of the

*Deadline for Application:*  *Wednesday 30 November, 2016*

*Program and Faculty*

Professor C. Rajendran, University of Calicut, Thiruvananthapuram will be
the principal instructor. We are also expecting a few other experts of
Indian aesthetics to join us. The morning and afternoon sessions will
include the readings of the text in Sanskrit followed by special lectures
in the afternoon. The seminar will be held in English and readings will be
circulated in advance. Special events like Yakṣagāna performance which is a
native folk theatre form of Malenāḍu region in Karnataka, will be organized
besides an afternoon excursion to the local Jaina temples in Karkala. There
also will be opportunities for exploring the incredible richness and
diversity of the region.

*Selection Criteria*

Advanced comprehension of Sanskrit language and the reading ability in
Devanāgarī script is required. We seek interested research students and
scholars from across India and abroad. The selection will be made based on
the strength of the application. We cannot accept more than 25
participants  and the priority will be given to the applications from
research scholars in disciplines or with experience in Sanskrit,
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Religion and Literature. There will be a
participation fee for all participants. Applicants will be informed about
the decision of selection after the deadline of application.

*Location and Accommodations*

The event will be hosted by Manipal University and its Centre for Religious
Studies in the picturesque ocean-side state of Karnataka in south-western
India. Scholars will be housed in international student residences. The
space is wheelchair accessible. A registration fee will be charged that
includes working lunch, tea/coffee with snacks and accommodation for five
nights. Travel cost will not be reimbursed.

*Registration Fees*

Registration is mandatory for attending the workshop. If you are a member
of Manipal University and want to attend the workshop, please get in touch
with the coordinator to follow the process.

*Regular Participants:* Rs. 2000

*Student Participants:* Rs. 1500

*Application Information*

Applications should include the following, preferably sent as PDFs:
1. Description of research interests and their relevance to the topic of
the workshop (max. 300 words)
2. Brief Curriculum Vitae / resume highlighting relevant skills, experience
and training.

*Applications should be sent to:*

Mr Tapaswi H.M.

Co-convenor-Workshop on the Rasa Theory

<tapaswi.hm at gmail.com>

*with a copy to:*

Dr Mrinal Kaul

(Convenor-Workshop on the Rasa Theory)


Centre for Religious Studies

Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities

Manipal University

email: <mrinalkaul81 at gmail.com>

Tel +91-820-29-23567 (Office)

*For more information, please contact:*

Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities

Dr TMA Pai Planetarium Complex, Alevoor Road

Manipal – 576104

Tel +91-820-2923561

office.mcph at manipal.edu
Mrinal Kaul
Centre for Religious Studies (CRS)
Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities (MCPH)
Manipal University
Dr TMA Pai Planetarium Complex
Alevoor Road, Manipal 576 104
Karnataka, INDIA
Tel +91-820-29-23567 Extn: 23567
email: mrinal.kaul at manipal.edu

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