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Indian Aesthetics
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Integrated Degree
School of Arts and Sciences

'Indian Aesthetics' is a course offered in Sixth Semester of B. A. (Bachelor of Arts) English Language and Literature program at the School of Arts and Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Mysuru campus.

To introduce students to the Indian critical traditions and inculcate a comparative approach in literary studies.

Unit 1

Introduction- philosophical foundations-major theories/schools-basic concepts-comparison between Western and Eastern Aesthetics. 

K. AyyappaPaniker: ‘Ancient Indian Aesthetics: Contemporary Relevance’ -----: ‘Let’s Look for an Alternative Aesthetics’.

Unit 2

Rasa Theory - Bharatha.

Unit 3

Dhwani theory - Anandavardhana.

Unit 4

Guna and Reethi-Bhamaha-Dandin-Vamana.

Unit 5

Vakrokti - Kuntaka.

  1. Devy, G.N. Indian Literary Criticism.Orient BlackSwan, 2010. 
  2. Sethuraman, V. S. Indian Aesthetics: An Introduction. Macmillan, 1992.
  3. Narasimhaiah, CD. Ed. East-West Poetics at Work. Delhi: SahityaAkademi, 1994.
  4. Raja, Kunjunni K. Indian Theories of Meaning. Adyar Library, 1963.
  5. Moorthy, K Krishna. Studies in Indian Aesthetics and Criticism. Mysore: DVK Murthy, 1979.
  6. Satchidanandan, K. Ed. K. AyyappaPaniker: Selected Essays. New Delhi: SahityaAkademi, 2017.
  1. G.K. Bhatt. Rasa Theory and Allied Problems. Baroda: University of Baroda, 1984.
  2. Raghavan, V. The Number of Rasas. Madras: The Adyar Library, 1940.
  3. Hiriyanna, M. Essentials of Indian Philosophy.Motilal Banarsidass Publishers, 2015.
  4. Moorthy, K Krishna. Essays in Sanskrit Criticism. Dharward: Karnataka University Press, 1964.
  5. Raghavan, V.N: An Introduction to Indian Poetics. Madras: Macmillan, 1970.
  6. Kane, P V. History of Sanskrit Poetics. Motilal Banarsidass; Subsequent edition (30 November 1994).
  7. Kushwaha, M S.Indian Poetics and Western Thought. Delhi: S Chand & Co, 1982.