Journey from Natyashastra to Modern Indian Theatre

August 23, 2016



Join Seema Kukreja for her class Journey from Natyashastra to Modern Indian Theatre on Saturday August 27 at 3:30 at the Shaw University Writing Center. Her class will be exploring the history and evolution of Indian theater starting from Natya Shastra to contemporary times in Indian and American contexts. This class has a $5 suggested donation.


The class of Natyashastra opens with the origin of Indian theatre, and explains the very nature and goal of Natya as a Veda.


Since Natyashastra is a deep study that has been interpreted in several ways by many established scholars from all parts of the world, I have tried to explore this massive wealth of  Sanskrit theatre in the simplest manner to make it understandable in context to the contemporary forms of art.


Natyashastra consists of four elements : Art of recitation and rendition in performance taken from the Rig Veda. Instrumental music from the Sama Veda. Expressing and communicating it to the audience/class from the Yajur Veda, and aesthetic experience from the Atharva Veda.


The most stress will be laid upon the Bhavas and Rasas that form an integral part of Indian traditional theatre.  The emotion of Rasa in Art is thereby discussed in detail as underlying rationale behind Yoga of Rasas.


The studies of Natyashastra that reflect upon the aesthetic experiences that theatre provides can all be sorted into nine types.  These nine types are discussed from Navras perspective which concludes with the discussion of how eastern and western theaters have evolved complimenting each other, learning from each other.




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