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Alka Hingorani

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835255

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835255.001.0001

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Speaking of Aesthetics

Speaking of Aesthetics

Speaking of Aesthetics

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(p.75) 4 Speaking of Aesthetics
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Making Faces
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Alka Hingorani

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835255.003.0004

This chapter examines the articulations and aspects of the aesthetic field within which reception in the process of object making occurs. It begins with an overview of Indian theories of aesthetics, with particular emphasis on poetics and dramaturgy. It then considers whether a religious object such as a mohra or a chhatri can be an object of art. It also discusses the process involved in the creation of an aesthetic and how an aesthetic is articulated. It suggests that the interaction between artisan and audience—the parry and thrust of argument, the verve and restraint in observation and engagement during the making of the object—is essential in further questioning and consolidation of the circumstances in which a work of art may be seen to exist, its aesthetic value and meaning detected, and an aesthetic field perceived.

Keywords:   aesthetic field, reception, object making, aesthetics, religious object, mohra, chhatri, art, artisan, aesthetic value

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