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Cinema Through Rasa

A Tryst with Masterpieces in the Light of Rasa Siddhānta by: Prachand Praveer
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Year Of Publication: 2021
Edition: 1st
Pages : XXXI, 353, black and white photographs
Bibliographic Details : Glossary,Filmography, Bibiliography, General Index,.Film Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Foreword By : Bharat Gupt, Vishnu Khare
Size: 23

Overview

Cinema Through Rasa discusses the important works of the world cinema in the light of Rasa Siddhānta of the Indian classical aesthetics. Rasa Siddhānta was first mentioned in Bharata Muni’s Nāṭyaśāstra – the ancient treatise on dramaturgy. This book catalogues the major cinematic works in the light of Abhinavabhāratī – a tenth-century commentary on the Nāṭyaśāstra by the great Kashmiri Śaivite philosopher Abhinavagupta. Further, it outlines the links between puruṣārtha, the cultural value system of life pursuits in Indian tradition, and aesthetics while citing examples from the works of major directors such as Orson Welles, Luis Buñuel, Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa, Andrei Tarkovsky, Alfred Hitchcock, Carl Dreyer, Charlie Chaplin, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Bresson and Satyajit Ray.
Using contemporary scholars’ interpretation of non-dualistic Kashmir Śaivism tradition, Cinema Through Rasa aims to serve as a tribute to Abhinavagupta’s genius, a commentary on important ideas such as rasa, nature of emotions, cinema and beauty along with a tryst with the masterpieces of the world cinema. The meaning of this book is summarized by this verse – na hi rasād r̥te kaścid arthaḥ pravartate – the medium of cinema, though modern, should be seen as resting in the power of rasa without which nothing makes any sense.
This book is a translation of the original Hindi book Abhinava Cinema, which was first published in 2016. Abhinava Cinema was lauded as innovative, path-breaking and a must-read for students of literature and cinema studies by scholars and critics.

Contents

1. Aesthetics of Hindi Cinema: Long Forgotten Directors
and Their Outstanding Works
2. Study of World Cinema from an Indian Aesthetic
Perspective
Why Films Are Important?
Perspicacity into Films as Seen Through the Indian
Classical Aesthetics
3. The Unparalleled World of Frightening Cinema:
Films of the Bhayānaka Rasa
4. Rasa-Siddhānta, Vībhatsa Rasa and World Cinema
The Doctrine of the Expression of Rasa in Drama
Hideous (Jugupsā) Sentiment and Vībhatsa Rasa
Unsavoury Disgust (Udvegī Vībhatsa)
Manifestation Due to Extreme Agitation
(Kṣobhaja Vībhatsa)
Pure Disgust
5. Astonishment and Miracle: Remarkable Films of the
Adbhuta Rasa
Alaukika (Supernatural) Adbhuta Rasa
Ānandaja (Pleasurable) Adbhuta Rasa
6. World Renowned and Unforgettable Films of the
Vīra Rasa
Dāna Vīra Rasa
Dharma Vīra Rasa
Yuddha Vīra Rasa
7. Bereavement, Anguish and Duty: Karuṇa Rasa and
World Cinema
Obstacles in Following the Righteous Path
Loss of Wealth
Gloom Born Out of Death
8. Anger and Ferocity: Important Films of the
Raudra Rasa
9. Laughter, Fun and Satire: Unparalleled Examples
of the Hāsya Rasa in World Cinema
Hāsya Rasa and the Jester
Great Works of Other Stalwarts Pertaining to
Hāsya Rasa
10. Love, Separation and Union: Great Films of
the Śr̥ṅgāra Rasa in World Cinema
Artha Śr̥ṅgāra
Dharma Śr̥ṅgāra
Sneha Śr̥ṅgāra
Bhakti Śr̥ṅgāra
Vātsalya Śr̥ṅgāra
Kāma Śr̥ṅgāra
Śr̥ṅgāra in Union
Śr̥ṅgāra in Separation
11. Aesthetics of Cinema in Cinema
Glossary
Filmography
Bibiliography
General Index
Film Index

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