The Indian Aesthetics of Emotions ("rasa"): Non-duality, Aesthetic Experience and the Body

Dilip Loundo


As a spiritual discipline leading one towards the universal, Indian performing arts involve a pedagogy of disclosure, showing things as they really are: art in not a matter of unpredictable inspiration, but an effortful exploration into the extraordinary residing in the ordinary. As such, while embracing the ever-present essence of things, art is defined by Tagore as a means of disclosure of the essentiality of life, rather than a representation of it. In other words, art is a means of bringing transparency to life, getting one rid of the dust, the fantasies and the distractions that dominate one’s quotidian dealings. It’s, finally, a kind of meditative performance, a radical exercise of paying attention to one’s immediate reality.

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