The Indian Poetics and the canons of criticism based on the theories of Sanskrit Literature viz. Abhinavgupta’s Dhvanyaloka, Vishwanath’s Sahitya Darpan, Bharta’s Natyasastra (the first book on the subject) Dandin’s Kavyadarsha, Kuntaka’s Vakroktijivita, Vamana’s Kavyalamkara, Kshmendra’s Aucityavicharachara are yet to receive notice of Indian critics writing in English. Despite countless books available on the theme are either too costly (as to go beyond an average aspirant of IWE) or they are beyond the reach of a common reader. Kapil Kapoor, R. S. Tiwary, Sir Ganganath jha, P. C. Lahiri, A. Sankaran, and A. K. Warder belong to those authoritative authors on the subject who areboth ‘a bit difficult’ to a new entrant as well as sometimes ‘unavailable’ in the college libraries of an average type. But the present book of B. S. Nimavat and Ami Upadhyay is written with an especial purpose of comprehensive and easy accessibility. Both the genuine scholars have point-blankly denied to be experts in Indian Poetics’ and their one and only purpose is nothing but ‘introducing the ‘Indian Poetics to the students and teachers who wish to work and study in the field’. (Preface)
The book is divided into twenty five small and ‘easy to understand’ chapters commencing from background study of Indian Poetics to its causes, purposes, genres and attributes of poetry and poet. The book introduces briefly about various scholars in Indian Poetics in short and easy language. From the 17th chapter to 25th chapters the authors discuss Bharata’s Natyasastra viz. Concept and Structure underlying ‘Natyasastra’ Plot-construction, Characters, Diction, Guna and Dosa in Playwright, Figures of Speech, and major tests of literary theory in Indian Poetics and a glossary of important terms of Indian Poetics is appended in the end of book.
The book is useful for the scholars of overseas who have yet not read ABC of the Indian Poetics and Bharata’s Natyasastra but have a natural craving to enter this oceanic realm of knowledge. The book will be a useful starting point to a new entrant of criticism to understand firstly the foundational ethos and principles on the subject. Prakash Book Depot once again deserves appreciation for moderately priced, yet invaluable publication keeping in view the need of genuine scholars who, (being the votary of Goddess Saraswati of knowledge and not of Goddess Luxmi of wealth) are in need of good books but not always so pocketful of money to buy them.
My hearty felicitations to both the authors and the publisher!