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Patanjali's Yogasutram manuscript illustrated with portraits of Yogis from Mysore in 1981

By N. Sjoman

This handwritten manuscript of the Yogasutram is illustrated with portraits of yoga people in Mysore in the late 70ís and early 80ís.  The portraits are of specific people though they are not specifically identified.  It is evident that the identifications were with subtle energies rather than their outward forms although their outward forms contained those energies.
Modern yoga has more or less abandoned the shakta tradition pioneered by Matsyendranath in favour of the more austere hatha tradition.  That has been tempered as well by colonialism, revivalist politics and contemporary social politics.  The portraits indicate how much farther one can see through visual traditions when spiritual disciplines are disturbed by the overwhelming authority of lineal thinking.

 

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The Art Word

Norman Sjoman has been invited to give a lecture in the Friedhandler Series of Lectures on Non-western Art at the ACAD. He is going to speak on the etymology of the word "Art" and trace the word back 2000 years or more beyond Western languages to its Sanskrit roots.  In the process, he will discuss the history of ideas around the word both from the point of view of language and that of art practice.  Finally he will discuss some of the aesthetic theories of art from the Indian point of view that are relevant to the ideas of art in the lecture.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008 6PM
Alberta College of Art and Design





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