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Padma-aja: The allegory of the lotus and its sensory experience as a cultural expression of Hindu and Buddhist traditions

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Title: Padma-aja: The allegory of the lotus and its sensory experience as a cultural expression of Hindu and Buddhist traditions
Authors: Vallabh, Anita
Fisher, Elizabeth
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa Center for South Asian Studies
Citation: Vallabh, Anita and Elizabeth Fisher, "Padma-aja: The allegory of the lotus and its sensory experience as a cultural expression of Hindu and Buddhist traditions." Paper presented at the Center for South Asian Studies 30th Annual Symposium, "Sensing South Asia," April 17-19, 2013.
Abstract: Padma-aja (born from a lotus), a dance presentation focuses on the imagery of the lotus as it unravels the philosophy of Hinduism and Buddhism and draws the senses into historical conversations. The sense-impressions of the lotus allegory is presented in three segments as a choreography of sensations: Motif in representing the sensual experience of being in love/ The psychological impact of the physiological experience of love/ Symbol of the symbiotic process that links humans’ relation with the Universe. Presented as a phenomenological study of lived body experiences through an aesthetic theory of sense perception, the dance confronts the similarities in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Placing sensation in the forefront of aesthetic theory this exploration of sense (as the medium) and sensation (as bodily response) engages: Sound, through mantras and chants/ Touch, through mudras and movement/ Smell, as Breath through pranayama/ Vision, in the imagery of the lotus as ‘unfolding of the self and expanding consciousness.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/30720
Rights: Vallabh, Anita and Elizabeth Fisher
Appears in Collections:2013 South Asia Spring Symposium Presentations



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