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Sanskrit Poetics, Tamil Poetics, Persian Poetics


Sanskrit Poetics

  • Sanskrit Literature has been developed by a group of intellectuals and scholars over the centuries.
  • The major focus was on the Kavya and Natya and issues of Alankara, Artha, Shabda and Rasa which remained significant throughout the process.
  • Sanskrit poetics had been evolved with different schools of thoughts and those schools are as follows:
    • Alankara (poetic figures) school
    • Rasa (aesthetic pleasure) school
    • Riti (style) school
    • Guna (attribute) school
    • Dhvani (suggestion) school
    • Vakrokti (obliquity) school
    • Anumana (inference) school
    • Aucitya (propriety) school
  • Bharata՚s Natyashastra is the oldest text found in the field of Alankara and rasa theory. After Bharata, Dandi talks about alamkara in his Kav…

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Indian Literary Criticism and Theory: Drama



  • Drama portrays the mixed pleasures and pains of the three worlds when presented on the stage.
  • Abhinaya is the means to carry the poet՚s content and its aesthetic and philosophical significance towards the audience.
  • It employs the mode of direct presentation, visual and oral perception in virtue of the intoned speeches, gestures and movements, facial expressions and physical poses, costumes etc.
  • This abhinaya- histrionic expression is four-fold A…

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