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Shringar The Ras Raj: A Classical Indian View

Shringar The Ras Raj: A Classical Indian View

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Item Code: IDI737

by Ved Bhatnagar

Hardcover (Edition: 2004)

Abhinav Publications
ISBN 8170174252

Size: 10.9" X 8.7
Pages: 119 (Illustrated Throughout In Full Color)
Weight of the Book: 855 gms
Price: $60.00
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Shringar is a cosmic order. The cycle of seasons set in the process of destruction and rejuvenation. After a deep slumber nature suddenly vibrates and there is a phenomenal change in the flora, mushrooming of flowers and leaves of various hues with multitudinous variety in size and pattern. There is joy and delight everywhere.

For the roop shringar there is a natural desire of a woman since the onset of the civilisation. The author traces the theory and conceptualization of roopl avanya through the vast available literature and has tried to compress the essential features.

In the realm of poetry shringar-the amorous feeling is regarded as rasraj among the rasas or poetic moods by the Indian aestheticians. The author traces the genesis and evolution of theory of shringar and has given copious illustrations from Sanskrit classics.

There is a visible impact of our ancient literature on the subsequent art and literature, sculpture and painting related to shringar. We also find a unique blending of music and painting in ragmala and barahmasa folios of the painters of various schools. The author has put the impact of the ancient literature in proper perspective as this is not properly recognised or appreciated.

There is a popular belief that there is too much of body in Sanskrit poetry on shringar. While his impression is partially true the author argues that this is a lopsided view. The shringar poetry is not a flesh school of poetry but is in many respects comparable to the great English romantic poetry excelling in the delineation of nature and flight of imagination.

It is a unique effort of bringing under the umbrella of shringar ras the poetry, the music, sculpture and painting, a rare mix of scholarship and popular writing.

About The Author

Shri Ved Bhatnagar is a person with multifaceted personality. A writer, a thinker and a very keen photographer. A scholar of English and Sanskrit literature he has been making consistent efforts through media and translations to popularise the ancient Indian classics. He translated the Meghdootam of Kalidas in free verse in English and made an audio-visual presentation in the prestigious Kalidas Samaroh in 1983/84 in Ujjain. A serial on Meghdootam was telecast on Doordarshan based on his translation. He uses his photographic skill to bring about the pictorial quality of the poems. He has held one-man exhibition of his photographs in Ravindra Bhawan and Birla Auditorium in Jaipur. He is closely linked with the activities of Shruti Mandal Jaipur an Organisation engaged in the promotion of classical music and dancer and holding ballet festivals annually in memory of Udaishankar the creator of this new genre of artistic expression.

Introduction

One wintry afternoon I stood in awe in front of the caves-the rock shelters of prehistoric men in Alania village about twenty kilometers away from Kota district in Rajasthan. On the exterior and ceiling of the caves there were rudimentary sketches mostly of animals which over the years due to the effect of wind and water have become permanently imprinted.

As the rivulet near the caves moved on with gurgling sound I these sketches? What was this new creative urge that prompted them to rise above their animal instincts? It was a manifestation of the development of new frontiers of human psyche which was a distinct departure from their animal proclivity towards new horizons of enlightenment and though processes. It was perhaps the dawn of Shringar, the onset of a new desire to decorate their surroundings bored with their humdrum routine. The urge later on engulfed the human beings and the ornamentation of different kinds of body particularly by the women folk started.

I was really obsessed with this phenomenon and decided to study in depth this emotion and express it pictorially as initially done by the prehistoric men by way of a tribute to them. Chapter One of the book deals with general conceptualization of Shringar or the Swaroop of Shringar. Chapter two deals with Shringar, as it is generally understood, the use of beauty aids by women to decorate themselves in order to look more attractive and the ornamentation of dwelling places. Chapter three deals with Shringar as a manifestation of a cosmic order, the changes in the flora due to cycle of seasons and its effect on the mood of men and Ragragini theme of Indian painters having relevance to Shringar. Chapter Four deals with the theory and development of Shringar Ras and Shringar poetry till the sixteenth century when the Sanskrit literature, sculpture and painting. The grasp of its essential features contributes to a proper understanding of subsequent Indian literature and art.

I studied a lot of ancient classical literature on the subject erudite in nature but my effort has been to consolidate the various aspects of Shringar and contribute to its better understanding and express in simple and lucid language its main essentials.

A very wrong impression is prevalent among the reade3rs regarding the Shringar poetry-that it is highly erotic, that there is more of body than thought content in it. Nothing can be far from truth. This impression has been created by the translation of some very highly erotic poems like Geetgovind of Jaidev which has found a very wide circulation but eroticism is simply a part of such poetry. The Shringar poetry is rich in thought content, fanciful imagery, delineation of nature and deep understanding of human psychology. I would certainly have a sense of achievement if the book generates curiosity in our ancient literature.

Contents
Preface and Acknowledgements11
Introduction15
Chapter One: Shringar17
General observations regarding the form or swaroop of Shringar-the cosmic order-the beautiful women-Shringar, the Rasraj-love the primary emotion-a pleasant and enjoyable mood, the devotional Shringar
Chapter Two: Roop Shringar-Roop Lavanya21
Roop Shringar-the concept of beauty and form of the body-types of beauty aids, hairdo, use of flower garlands, application of fragrant pastes-use of colourful clothes -the use of ornaments-the concept of solah Shringar-the wall paintings of Bundi and Shekhawati
Chapter Three: Ritu Varnan and Rag Ragini45
The influence of the cycle of seasons on the lovers-nature as a stimulant intrinsically connected with human beings imitation their behaviour-Ragmala paintings of Bundi
Chapter Four: Shringar-Its Aesthetic Base63
The theory of shringar and its development-views of aesthetician-the meaning of a poetic mood and the ras kam as the soul of shringar-emphasis on the poetic expression of the mood rather than the depiction of the body-liberty by some poets and more emphasis on the body-the devotional shringar and its impact on the Indian religions-the role of vibhav, anubhav and sanchari bhav in the release of ras-the mainstay or alamban of shringar-the nayika-two kinds of shringar sanjog and viyog (union and separation)
Chapter Five: Nayak-Nayika Bhed81
Nayak-nayika bhed-swakeeya, parkeeya, samanya-eight kinds of nayikas due to change in the context of situation-vasaksajja, virahotkanthita, vipralabhada, khandita, kalhantarita, swadhinbhartika, proshitbhartika and abhisarika-eight opportune times for the meeting of lovers-four types of nayaks-phases of love of a nayika-Ragmala paintings of Jaipur School-alankars attributes of a nayika angaj, ayatanaj and swabhavaj-nayak-nayika bhed an important ingredient of shringar
Conclusion105
Wide influence of the classical view and shringar poetry in Sanskrit on subsequent Indian art, literature and painting-uninformed criticism-no a flesh school of poetry like English poetry of romantics-rich in the delineation of nature and flight of fancy and imagination
Annexure A: Roop Lavanya107
Annexure B: Details Regarding Miniature and Wall Paintings

111
Bibliography115
Index117
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