CENTRE FOR KOREAN STUDIES/JNU
Literature depicts time in the most magnificent way. As we move from classical to the modern literature, we discover that time has moved along with its beauty of expressions and feelings. I believe that this has been the reason for most of us to be attached to literature in some or the other form as poem, novel, short stories, music and films. Is it because we feel that our sentiments are being expressed with the right selections of words and metaphors?
Now when we say that ‘Literature is something we need to feel within’, it is this very feeling which is expressed in many forms as ‘Rasa’ in Indian and ‘Haan’ in Korean philosophy.
Concept of Rasa :
The concept of ‘Rasa’ applies equally on all forms of art and literature, but have been particularly refined with regard to poetry and drama. According to ancient tradition the world over, drama was accepted as the most complete art form, bringing together the other different forms like music, dance and poetry. The concept of ‘rasa’ was formulated by Bharat Muni in the 4th Century A.D. in his treatise on the Natya Shastra.