Centre for Cultural Research (PCCR)

Indian Aesthetics
Certificate Short-term Course

  • Course Duration:

    45 hours

  • Course Mode:


Course Overview

This course aims at exposing students to a range of aesthetic theories and visual culture in the Indian aesthetic traditions. It will propose to show the practical roots of these theories by illustrating their significances in diverse art forms. The course will investigate into the philosophical foundations of Indian aesthetic traditions from theoretical and practical aspects. And it is interdisciplinary to suit the development of academic life in a complex twenty first century context.

Course Outcomes

This course goal is to create a critical mental framework which will make it possible for students to engage in art appreciation. Thus, this course will help academicians, students, art critics, artists and even lay persons all of who have an interest in art.


Total Credit – 3 Course Duration – 45 hours
  1. The concept of Aesthetic.
  2. The nature of Aesthetic and its relation to philosophy in Indian culture and tradition
  1. Bharata’s Natya Shastra and its Critics
  2. Abhinavagupta’s Rasa Siddhanta
  1. Anandavardana’s Dhanyalok
  2. Its extension to music, dance, Visual forms and drama
  1. Alankarwad               – bhamah
  2. Ritisiddhant             – Vaman
  3. Dhwani Siddhant      – Anand Vardhan
  4. Vakrokti                    – Kuntak
  5. Auchitya Vada          – khemindra

Hiriyanna, M. 1997. Art Experience. New Delhi: Manohar Publisher & Distributor.
Barlingay, Sheodas Surendra . 2007. A Modern Introduction to Indian Aesthetic Theory. New Delhi: D.K. Printworld.
Vatsyayan, Kapila. 2016. Traditional Indian Theatre: Multiple Streams. New Delhi: National Book Trust India.
Ahuja, Chaman. 2012. Contemporary Theatre of India: An Overview. Delhi: National Book Trust India.
Prakash, Shiva H.S. 2007. Incredible India: Traditional Theatres. New Delhi: Wisdom Tree.
Lal, Ananda, (ed). 2004. The Oxford Companion to Indian Theatre. Michigan: Oxford University Press.
Bhatia, Nandi, (ed).2009. Modern Indian Theatre: A Reader. UK: Oxford University Press.
Bordwell, David & Thompson, Kristin .2008. Film Art: An Introduction. New York: McGraw Hill.
Butler, Andrew. 2012. Film Studies. UK: Oldcastle Books.
Raghavendra, M.K. 2020. Philosophical Issues in Indian Cinema: Approximate Terms and Concepts. UK. Routledge.
Chakravarty, S. Sumita. 2011. National Identity in Indian Popular Cinema, 1947-1987. US: University of Texas Press.
Chakrabarti, Arindam. 2016. Indian Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art. UK: Bloomsbury Publishing.
Chandran, Mini & V. S. Sreenath. 2021. An Introduction to Indian Aesthetics: History, Theory, and Theoreticians. UK: Bloomsbury Publishing.

      • Assignments
      • MCQ Tests
      • Classroom contribution
  • INR 4,700

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