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Avenues to Beauty

by: Sushil Kumar Saxena

This book has something of value for lovers of both contemporary and traditional thinking on arts because of the diversity of its content Þ Aesthetics Today, The Quest for Key Aesthetic Concepts, Rasa Theory, Music and Silence, and Hindustani Rhythm an Aesthetic Theory and issue.

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ISBN: 9788124605332
Year Of Publication: 2009
Edition: 1st
Pages : ix, 243
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 500

Overview

This book may well be expected to interest one and all, if only because of the diversity of its content and the way it has been presented.
It has something of value for lovers of both contemporary and traditional thinking on the arts. Essays on “Aesthetics Today”, “The Quest for Key Aesthetic Concepts” and “The Aesthetic Attitude” relate explicitly to present-day aesthetics; and the one on “Rasa Theory” may well be able to provide some new insights to those who are not averse to looking anew at this impressive foray of traditional Indian thinkers into the region of aesthetics.
However, the essay which is most likely to draw and hold readers’ attention because of the tantalizing appearance, so to say, of its very subject is the one on “Music and Silence”. Very few aestheticians have written on it so far; and nowhere, except in this book, is the reference all along to Hindustani music. Nor has our rhythm ever been written on in the way it appears in this book, in terms of the following essays: “Hindustani Rhythm and Aesthetic Theory” and “Hindustani Rhythm and an Aesthetical Issue”.
As for the essay on Attenborough’s classic film Gandhi, it may well make readers realize, in happy wonderment, how much they failed to mark when they saw it. Indeed, there is no reason why analytic writing on art should not make us ever more sensitive to the numberless creative devices it employs with delightful effect.

Contents

Preface
1. Aesthetics Today
2. Embodiment and the Quest for Key Aesthetic Concepts
3. The Aesthetic Attitude
4. Aesthetic Theory and Hindustani Rhythm
5. Music and Silence
6. Hindustani Rhythm and an Aesthetical Issue
7. Attenborough’s Gandhi : An Essay in Understanding
8. The Rasa Theory : Its Meaning and Relevance
Bibliography
Index

Meet the Author
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Sushil Kumar Saxena (b. 1921) is widely known today as a scholar who has shown the way to look at Indian music, rhythm, and dance in the way of contemporary Western aesthetics. As a professor of philosophy at Delhi University, he distinguished himself with his very first book, Studies in the Metaphysics of Bradley (1967) published by George Allen & Unwin, London, and Humanities Press, New York, in their prestigious Muirhead Library series of philosophical works. Dr Saxena introduced the teaching of aesthetics at Delhi University in 1964; and, since his retirement in 1986, has published a steady stream of scholarly papers in internationally reputed journals through the 1970s and 80s. What is more, he has produced six books on Hindustani music, Rhythm and Kathak dance, besides a work on philosophy of religion, Ever Unto God: Essays on Gandhi and Religion (1988). His latest book is Hindustani Sangeet: Some Perspectives, Some Performers (Sangeet Natak Akademi, and D.K. Printworld 2010). For all this scholarly work, Prof. Saxena has been honoured by Sangeet Natak Akademi with its Annual Award (2007) and its fellowship in 2008. He was bestowed the state honour, Padma Bhushan, also in 2008.
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