"Dramaturgy in the Gaudiya Vaisnava Tradition."
Drama has always played an important role in Gaudiya Vaisnavism. It was considered a method of teaching morals, making samskaras to shape the consciousness, and inducing absorption for the practicing devotees (sadhakas). And for the perfect devotees (siddhas), drama was an excellent means of directly experiencing the divine rapture of Sri Krsna's pastimes. In this course, we will study the science of drama as it was practiced and taught by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and his intimate associates such as Sri Raya Ramananda, Srila Rupa Gosvami, Sri Kavi Karnapura and others.