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A Sanskrit term, rasa is variously translated as ‘essence,’ ‘nectar,’ or ‘aesthetic sentiment.’ It refers to a uniquely blissful experience evoked by a work of art in the connoisseur akin to spiritual realization. In an illustrated talk, Dr. Lance Nelson, professor and specialist in medieval Hindu theology at the University of San Diego, will discuss the evolution of this concept, from Bharata, the legendary father of Sanskrit dramaturgy, through Abhinavagupta, the great Kashmiri polymath who gave this concept its fullest elaboration.
Sponsored by the Committee for the Arts of the Indian Subcontinent.
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm -- Museum Boardroom
Admission: Free for Committee for the Arts of the Indian Subcontinent members, $10 for San Diego Museum of Art members, $20 for non-members, and $8 for students
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