Cinema Through Rasa: A Tryst with Masterpieces in the Light of Rasa Siddhanta

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.
Publisher: D.K.Printworld
ISBN: 9788124610985
GTIN: 9788124610985
AuthorPraveer, Prachand
Pub Date22/06/2024
Country of OriginIndia
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With black and white photographs, Cinema Through Rasa discusses the important works of the world cinema in the light of Rasa Siddhanta of the Indian classical aesthetics. Rasa Siddhanta was first mentioned in Bharata Muni’s Na?yasastra – the ancient treatise on dramaturgy. This book catalogues the major cinematic works in the light of Abhinavabharati – a tenth-century commentary on the Na?yasastra by the great Kashmiri Saivite philosopher Abhinavagupta. Further, it outlines the links between puru?artha, 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 Saivism 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.