Title

Rhythm embodied:Training rasa in hindustani tabla?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-1-2013

Abstract

As Hindustani music (North Indian classical) and the performance of tabla moves outside of its South Asian origins the underlying aesthetic, rasa, and the structure of the musical system travels across and between musical and cultural borders informing and shaping the performative context. To what extent does the rasa concept, referred to as a 'tasting' experience, dominant in the arts of India, affect the global art of tabla? Often overlooked by scholars, and confused with the process of bhava (emotion) by performers, the concept and application of rasa continues to be the dominant aesthetic principle in what we have come to know globally as tabla soloing. I argue that it is in the phenomenological experience of music training and music making that we find a possible connection between the practice of rasa and the embodiment of bhava (performer emotion). © 2013 Intellect Ltd Article.

Publication Name

Studies in South Asian Film and Media

Volume Number

5

First Page

69

Last Page

79

Issue Number

1

DOI

10.1386/safm.5.1.69_1

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