Dance Essay Fourteen Indian Siva

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Ananda Coomaraswamy, late curator of Indian art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, was unexcelled in his knowledge of the arts of the Orient, and unmatched in his understanding of Indian culture, language, religion, and philosophy. In this excellent reprint of a rare volume of essays, he reveals the essence of the Indian experience, rooted in "a constant intuition" of theAnanda Coomaraswamy, late curator of Indian art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, was unexcelled in his knowledge of the arts of the Orient, and unmatched in his understanding of Indian culture, language, religion, and philosophy. In this excellent reprint of a rare volume of essays, he reveals the essence of the Indian experience, rooted in "a constant intuition" of the unity and harmony of all life. Everything has its place, every being its function and all play a part in the divine concert led by Natarājā (Śiva), Lord of Dancers.
In a series of 14 stimulating and provocative essays, Coomaraswamy unfolds the vast metaphysic of India: the magnificent revelation of its art; its conception of the universe; social organization; attitudes toward feminism; problems of family; romantic love, and marriage. His sweeping commentary considers the "intellectual fraternity" of mankind; the venerable past as it survives side by side with emerging modern India; and the individual, autonomy, and repudiation of "the will to govern."
Enhancing the text are 27 black-and-white photographs — mostly of masterpieces of painting and sculpture from the second century B.C. to the eighteenth century, and including the glorious "Cosmic Dance of Nàtaraja." This handsome volume offers rich insight into the art, philosophy, and culture of a fascinating forty-centuries-old civilization....more

Paperback, Dover Fine Art, History of Art, 139 pages

Published September 14th 2011 by Dover Publications (first published 1918)

The Dance of Shiva: On Indian art and culture

Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy

Coomaraswamy, Ananda Kentish;

The Dance of Shiva: On Indian art and culture

Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1957, 182 pages

ISBN 0374500320, 9780374500320

topics: |  india | culture | history

Contents

What has India contributed to human welfare? 03 Hindu view of art: Historical 22 Hindu view of art: Theory of beauty 35 The beauty is a state 44 Buddhist primitives 54 The dance of Shiva 66 Indian images with many arms 79 Indian music 85 Status of Indian women 98 Sahaja 124 Intellectual fraternity 135 Cosmopolitan view of Nietzsche 140 Young India 149 Individuality, autonomy and function 168 Notes: 172 later ed: The Dance of Shiva : Fourteen Indian Essays/Ananda Coomaraswamy.The Dance of Shiva : Fourteen Indian Essays/Ananda Coomaraswamy. Reprint. New Delhi, Munshiram, 1999, 196 p., 27 ills., $11. ISBN 81-215-0153-9. The collection of essays by Ananda Coomaraswamy on Indian art and culture and other themes, published under the title The Dance of Shiva reflect the many-sided genius of this great savant. The fourteen essays in this collection critically deal with aspects of Indian ethos, art and aesthetics, philosophy, music and Indian women besides essays on Indian and western and ancient and contemporary themes. Coomaraswamy's discussion on these wide-ranging themes with his mastery of the original source material bear the stamp of his understanding and thorough analysis. In the essay ‘What has India contributed’, Coomaraswamy has discussed the application of Brahmanical religious philosophy to the problems of sociology. In his words: ‘the essential contribution of India is her Indianness." He aptly sums up the fundamental quality of Indian music when he says that Indian music is essentially impersonal and a purely melodic art with elaborate grace. His essays ‘Indian images with many arms’ is an answer to the critics of Indian art wherein he has tried to show that what appears bizarre to an occidental mind is because of lack of familiarity with Indian art traditions and not a sincere attempt to evaluate the works of art on own merits. His thoughts on diverse theme like ‘Intellectual fraternity’, ‘cosmopolitan view of Nietzsche’ ‘Young India’, and ‘Individuality, autonomy and function’ show his awareness to contemporary situation and ideas.
amitabha mukerjee 17 Feb 2009

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