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Indian Philosophy in EnglishFrom Renaissance to Independence$
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Nalini Bhushan and Jay L. Garfield

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199769261

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199769261.001.0001

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Art Experience 2

Art Experience 2

Chapter:
(p.219) 7 Art Experience 2
Source:
Indian Philosophy in English
Author(s):

Nalini Bhushan

Jay L. Garfield

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199769261.003.0014

This chapter presents an excerpt from Mysore Hiriyanna's 1954 book, Art Experience, in which he examines the Rasa theory of Indian art and its conception of the aim of art. Although the Rasa theory applies equally to all the fine arts, it has been particularly well-developed in relation to poetry and drama; Hiriyanna considers it mainly from that standpoint. He also makes a reference to the general Indian view of poetry within the context of the Rasa theory; how transcendence of the egoistic self in the contemplation of art profoundly alters the nature of the pleasure derived from it; two kinds of poems, one with an emotional theme and the other in which the theme is different, such as natural scenery; and how the Rasa theory differs from the generality of aesthetics.

Keywords:   Indian art, Mysore Hiriyanna, Art Experience, Rasa theory, poetry, drama, aesthetics

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