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Time in Indian Culture

Diverse Perspectives

The concept of time has been variously interpreted and debated in the Indian tradition since ancient times. It is referred to by the word kala which has many meanings like time personified, time as death, time as a cycle....read below

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The concept of time has been variously interpreted and debated in the Indian tradition since ancient times. It is referred to by the word kala which has many meanings like time personified, time as death, time as a cycle and so on, and other words like samaya, vela, kshana as well, which refer to various aspects of time.

The volume is a comprehensive collection of papers dealing with the philosophical, religious/spiritual and linguistic aspects of time, and time as understood in Indian art, music and other aspects of culture. Scholars explore themes such as the notion of beginning of time in cosmology, theology and philosophy, time as interpreted by the Indian philosophical systems, use of the notion of time by Bhartrihari, and concepts of time as interpreted by Indian poets. They examine time as experienced in the seasonal, ritual cycles of Indian social, cultural and physical life, use of tala and laya in north Indian music, interpretation of time in the Ragamala painting tradition, perception of time in Indian architecture, and in Indian popular culture.

  • Foreword By :
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124605356
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124605351
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2009
  • Pages : vi, 238 p.
  • Bibliographic Details : 16 b/w photographs, index
  • Size : 23 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 500 gm


Introduction

Section I
Philosophy and Religion

1. Does Time have a Beginning? -- Some Inter-systemic and General Reflections

-- P.K. Mukhopadhyaya

2. Time and its Knowledge 

-- Sukha Ranjan Saha

3. Time as Power: A Brief Survey of Bhartrihari's Metaphysics -- The Notion of Time in Kalasamuddesha

-- Tandra Patnaik

4.  Time in Language

-- G.P. Panda

5. Time in the Spiritual Traditions of India

-- Niranjan Mohanty

Section II
Literature, Culture and the Arts

6. Time in Indian Tradition: A Note on the Mahabharata

-- Binda Paranjape

7. Time as History, as Myth 

-- H.S. Komalesha & Jason A. Manjaly

8. Time in North Indian Music 

-- Sushil Kumar Saxena

9.  Time: Representation in Form

-- Bimalaprasad Mohapatra

10. Time and the Ragamala Painting Tradition

-- Priyadarshi Patnaik

11. Time and Architecture: Dialogues -- The Indian Perspective

-- Joy Sen & Joydeep Dutta

12.  Time in Indian Popular Culture

-- Amrita Basu

The Contributors 
Index

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