The magic of 'mudras' and performance as 'loving play'

the limits placed on intellectualism and rationalzing reforms by the performing arts of India

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Abstract

Projects to rationalize and standardize Indian aesthetics were taken up by intellectuals from the late nineteenth century based on exposure to a variety of western evaluations and comparisons. How have these attempts at reform been able to transform pedagogy in the course of the twentieth century? What are the internal limits placed by divided desires within intellectuals themselves? The desire to preserve Indian aesthetics has allowed the phenomenology of Indian performing arts to impose its own requirements on the practice of the arts. The paper argues for scholarly re-adjudication of the more dominant postcolonial scholarship and its focus on ritualised governmentality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationObjects and standards
Subtitle of host publicationon the limitations and the effects of a ritualistic fixing and measuring life
EditorsTord Larsen, Michael Blim, Theodore Porter, Kalpana Ram, Nigel Rapport
Place of PublicationDurham
PublisherCarolina Academic Press
Chapter8
ISBN (Print)9781531018955
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jun 2020

Publication series

NameRitual studies monograph series
PublisherCarolina Academic Press

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Keywords

  • Indian aesthetics
  • music and dance India
  • reform standardization
  • intellectuals
  • intellectualism
  • governmentality
  • phenomenology

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Ram, K. (Accepted/In press). The magic of 'mudras' and performance as 'loving play': the limits placed on intellectualism and rationalzing reforms by the performing arts of India. In T. Larsen, M. Blim, T. Porter, K. Ram, & N. Rapport (Eds.), Objects and standards: on the limitations and the effects of a ritualistic fixing and measuring life (Ritual studies monograph series). Durham: Carolina Academic Press.