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Back Book Title Creative arts in modern India : essays in comparative criticism

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Creative arts in modern India : essays in comparative criticism
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- editors, Ratan Parimoo, Indramohan Sharma
- Books & Books, New Delhi
- 8185016461
- 1995
- 2 v. (xxix, 694 p.) 25 cm, Includes Bibliographical References.
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"The objective of the seminar--comparative aesthetics and criticism of the contemporary arts--was to bring together for the first time in a common forum the art historians, art critics, literary, film and theatre critics; including some of the intellectually minded practitioners of these arts; Sanskrit scholars of aesthetics, philosophers and sociologists, who have been observing, documenting and assessing the contemporary mnanifestations in the various art expressions in varied media in our country."This two-volume publication--Creative Arts in Modern India--has, therefore, been brought out to realise together the manner in which the various art expressions have been reviving, developing and expanding in India during the twentieth century, and the perception of these by the respective critics and some distinguished practitioners. A new contemporary culture is in the process of evolution has been highlighted in the appropriate keynote address by the eminent scholar Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan."While compiling the material for this publication, it was felt that it could become a reasonably comprehensive anthology of critical essays pertaining to most of the arts. A happy cooperation has been received from a number of critics. A painstakingly prepared comparative chronology of all the arts in synchronic order has been attached as the appendix."This publication with sections on literature, theatre, film, dance, music, architecture and the visual/plastic arts, will serve as an exhaustive reference book for the new realisation regarding the modern growth of India as a nation covering in particular the area of culture.'

   
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: Preface. Interrelationship of the arts (keynote address)/Kapila Vatsyayan. I. From the colonial to the modern: adjusting the sociological focus: 1. Televising the discovery of India : A discussion with film-maker Shyam Benegal. 2. Place of the modern in Indian cultural practice/Gita Kapur. 3. Anthropology and temporality : a criticism of theory and discourse in the history of anthropological writing/Alexander Henn. 4. Modernism : an intellectual history/Prafulla C. Kar. II. The will to criticism--the critical tools: 1. A conceptual census of the arts : a note/Ashok R. Kelkar. 2. The imperative to evaluate : note towards a genealogy/Tejaswini Niranjana. 3. The Indian artist and the 'long revolution'/G.P. Despande. 4. The viability of comparative aesthetics/Rekha Jhanji. 5. The critical literary science : an introduction to its method with a reference to its significance in the Indian context/Niteen Gupte. 6. Contemporary aesthetics and criticism : performing arts/Ashok Ranade. 7. Logistics and aesthetics/D.D. Mahulkar. 8. Art object and creative leap/Ranjit Singh Rangila. III. Assessing literatures: 1. Function of literary criticism in India/G.N. Devi. 2. Decolonising the Indian mind/Namvar Singh. 3. Why not worship in the Nude? Reflections of a novelist in his time/U.R. Anantha Murthy. 4. Taking off from the ground: Hindi literature and contemporary art problems/Jagdish Shivpuri. 5. Transformation of a legend : Shiv Kumar Batalvi's 'Luna'/Parminder Singh. 6. Turmoil beneath balance : reflections on two dalit autobiographies from Maharashtra/S.P. Punalekar. 7. Dialogism and the voice of the dumb/Kikkeri Narayan. IV. Assessing theatre: 1. The IPTA in Bengal/Malini Bhattacharya. 2. My concept of theatre/K.V. Subbanna. 3. Peter Brooks's 'Mahabharata' : a view from India/Rustom Bharucha. 4. Punjabi folk-drama as a discourse in performance : innuendo and humour (A perspective in aesthetic perception)/Ranjeet Singh Bajwa. 5. Dramatic and theatrical spaces/Hasmukh Baradi. 6. People's performances : a perspective in rural communication/H.K. Ranganath. V. Assessing films: 1. The context of Indian film culture/Satish Bahadur. 2. Towards a theory of film practice : some contemplations around ritwik Ghatak's Subernarekha/Gayatri Chatterjee. 3. Manipulation in the trailer/C.B. Pattanayak. 4. Interrogating internationalism/Kumar Shahani. VI. Assessing dance: 1. Rhythm and its application/Kavalam Narayana Panikkar. 2. The idea of dance in Sanskritic tradition/Mandakini Bose. 3. Innovations in classical Indian dances : an overview/Sunil Kothari. 4. Choreography in the Indian context/Chandralekha. 5. Chandralekha & her bodyline approach/Leela Venkataraman. 6. Abhinaya in Mohiniyattam/Bharati Shivaji. 7. Chandrasekhar's Pancha Mahabhutam : translating the elements into the realm of virtual power/Gauri Parimoo-Krishnan. 8. Chau dance traditions : transformations from village square to metropolitan stage/Prakriti Kashyap. VII. Assessing music: 1. The relevance of Rasa theory in contemporary arts with special reference to music/Prem Lata Sharma. 2. The aesthetic development of a Rasika/P.K. Doraiswamy. 3. Fivefold classification of music/Indu Raman. 4. The 'modern', the 'traditional' and criticism in the Indian musical tradition/Mukund Lath. 5. Hindustani concert scene during the decade/Mohan Nadkarni. 6. Tiger Varadachariar : a Titan of Carnatic music: a. His music/S.Y. Krishnaswamy. b. A river in spate/K.S. Krishnamurti. VIII. Assessing architecture: 1. A fool's paradise/Jaimini Mehta. 2. The changing urban environment : challenges of architecture/M.N. Ashish Ganju. IX. Assessing visual/plastic arts: 1. Indian shilpa tradition, silpi and aesthetics : a study of correspondence/R.N. Misra. 2. A peep into the word citra/Vaijayanti Navangal. 3. Text and image : the orientalist and the revivalist collaboration/Parul Dave-Mukherji. 4. Critique and critical criteria/Sandip Sarkar. 5. Climate of thought : art historical writing up to the early 1930s/Urmi Kessar. 6. Indian radical painters and sculptors association : the crisis of political art in contemporary India/Shivaji K. Panikkar. 7. Towards a possible theory of narrative in Indian painting/Ratan Parimoo.

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