Abstract: Bharatamuni's statement "vibhāvānubhāvavyabhicāri-saṃyogād-rasaniṣpattiḥ" has been explained by traditional scholars such as Lollata, Shankuka, Nayaka, and the famed Abhinavagupta in different ways. All thoughts on the aesthetic experience refer us back to Bharata's statement and its various interpretations. The significance of Bharata’s aphoristic statement must therefore be understood by every critic and connoisseur of literature.
About the Speaker: H.V. Nagaraja Rao is a well-known Sanskritist and Aesthetician. Grounded in the traditional disciplines of Vyākaraṇa and Alaṅkāraśāstra, he holds an M.A. degree in Asian Languages from the University of Washington, Seatle. In his tenure as a Research Assistant at the Oriental Research Institute, Mysore, he edited several Sanskrit works. He was invited by the University of Chicago on several occasions to teach Sanskrit as a visiting Lecturer. He was invited in 2003-04 by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies. Presently Vidvan H.V. Nagaraja Rao is the Honorary Editor of Sudharma, the only Sanskrit newspaper in India. He has been conferred with several awards and titles some of which are the Vyasa Maharshi Prashasti in 1996, Central Sahitya Akademi award in 2006, and the title Kavyasastra Vichakshana by the Seer of Svarnavally, Karnataka. He has authored several primary works, including poems, in Sanskrit and also translated works from Sanskrit to English and Kannada as well as from Kannada to Sanskrit.