Nāṭyaśāstra(Science of Universe as Theatre)
Chapter One: Creation of the Fifth Veda
Trans. from Sanskrit, introduction and notes by Svetlana Barkun and Mikhail Mikhailov
Edited by Mikhail I. Mikhailov, PhD (in History)
Publisher M.I. Mikhailov
The ‘Nāṭyaśāstra’ (‘Textbook of Cosmo-Theatrical Art’) is the earliest and most authoritative Sanskrit text on the complex of Vedic theatrical arts. Indologists of the colonial era attributed it to the period from V century BCE to the 7th-8th centuries AD. Among the theatrical texts that followed the ‘Nāṭyaśāstra’, the most popular is the medieval work ‘Abhinaya-darpaṇa’ (‘The Mirror of Acting’) by Nandikeśvara (a free translation of which was made by A. K. Kumāraswamy and G. Duggyral in the book ‘The Mirror of the Gestures,’ New Delhi, 1917; New York, 1936).
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