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Winged Form

Aesthetical Essays on Hindustani Rhythm by: S.K. Saxena

This collection of essays is a pioneering attempt to look at Hindustani rhythm from the viewpoint of the contemporary Western aesthetics, as also to weigh this aesthetics against the theory and practice of rhythm as it permeates and determines the music and Kathak dance of north India. (46 words)

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ISBN: 9788124606339
Year Of Publication: 2012
Edition: 1st
Pages : xiii, 199 p.
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23cm
Weight: 450

Overview

This collection of essays, a thoroughly revised and enlarged version of its first earlier edition (1979), is a pioneering treatment of the Hindustani rhythm in the way of contemporary (Western) aesthetics. It seeks, on the one hand, to determine and distinguish the meaning of such key words as laya, matra, bol, theka, sama, and layakari, and, on the other hand, to seize the details and aesthetic semblances of live rhythm as they appear to contemplation.
Some wider aesthetical questions have also been addressed in this book. How, if at all, can rhythm be regarded as an autonomous art? What are the elements of its winged form, and how can it yet appear steadfast and virtually motionless? Is it proper to speak of the art of rhythm as symbolic in its significance or as expressive in some distinctive way? Or, can it be said to ‘embody’ what it signifies?
Insofar as rhythm is fast becoming a vital subject of aesthetic reflection in the West today, the book also seeks to weigh the conflicting views of two modern aestheticians, Susanne K. Langer and Philip Alperson, against the theory and practice of Hindustani rhythm.
Every lover of this specific genre of rhythm stands to benefit from a reading of this book. It would prove to be of value also to those who are interested in Kathak dance, for no other classical dance of India depends so manifestly on rhythm.

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgement
1. Aesthetic Theory and Hindustani Rhythm
2. Our Rhythm and Croce
3. The Concept of Laya in Hindustani Music
4. TAla, Bol, ThekA
5. Phenomenology of Sama in Hindustani Rhythm
6. Form and Content
7. Aesthetic Character of some Asymmetrical Rhythms
8. Sama and Musical Structure
9. Rhythm in Kathak Dance
10. Towards an Aesthetics of Hindustani Rhythm
11. Our Rhythm vis-A-vis Susanne Langer’s view
12. Laya, TAla, Rhythm and a Contemporary Debate
Bibliography
Index

Meet the Author
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Prof. S.K. Saxena, a former professor of Philosophy at Delhi University, has authored eleven books of high repute. He was honoured with the Fellowship of Sangeet Natak Akademi and Padma Bhushan by the Government of India.
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