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Dr. Paulose by selecting Vyangyavyakhya now and Natankusam earlier for his elaborate critique has been able to project an extremely sensitive problem related to the know-how of Indian histrionics. This especially is to be viewed as inevitable at a time when Indian theatre is facing a crisis of identity and groping in the dark to relate to its national character. Dr. Paulose's untiring efforts in creating awareness of our tradition and its immense potential deserve all encomium. His clarity of vision and liveliness in analysis are well mooted and well intentioned. I wish that his work on Vyangyavyakhya will be made a guide by all practitioners of performing arts especially theatre people who nurture belief in the Indianness in Indian performing arts.

-Padmabhushan Kavalam Narayana Panikkar


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Introducing VyangyaVyakhya
Nayasastra and its Regional Manifestations
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Indian Theatre Crisis of Identity


About the Work
The doctrine of Dhvani, expounded by Anandavardhana in Kashmir though contested by his contemporaries at home, received high admiration  in Kerala. A royal dramatist of the same century (9.c.CE) applied dhvani to theatre. His performance text is known as Vyangyavykhya-interpreting the implied. This was an epoch-making event in the history of Indian theatre.This innovation in per formative practices marked a deviation from Bharata’s national tradition and laid down the foundation for classical forms like Kutiyattam, Krishnanattam, Kathakali and Mohiniyattam. Vyangyavyakhya today continues to inspire contemporary directors to formulate new interpretative sub-texts for ancient plays. The text, which remained in manuscripts till now, is published for the first time.

Intricacies of Aesthetics (KOCHI, May 4, 2013 ) 



K G Paulose ( b.1946 ) was the first Vice chancellor of Keralakalamandalam Deemed University for Art and Culture from 2007. He has held positions like Registrar of Sree Sankaracharya University, Kalady; Chief Editor Publications, Aryavaidyasala Kottakkal; Chairman Chinmaya International Sodh Sansthan and Principal of Govt.Sanskrit College Tripunithura. He has specialised in the areas of Comparative Aesthetics, Natyasastra, Ancient Theatre and Kutiyattam. He has authored twenty and edited over fifty books and published many Research papers. He was the Chief Editor of three research journals-Purnatrayi, Aryavadyan and Dhimahi. Two of his important publications are – Natankusa - A critique of Dramaturgy (1993) and Kutiyattam Theatre - The Earliest Living Tradition (2006). Several distinctions were bestowed upon him including the awards of Kerala Sahitya Akademi and Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Akademi.

Thirupati Sanskrit Viswavidyalaya conferred on him the title of Vachaspati in 2009.
Professor Paulose is now a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Rastrapatinivas, Shimla.



1. Vyangyavyakhya  receives award as “Best Book on Art”. Keralakalamandalam Deemed University for Art and Culture has selected 'Vyangyavyakhya: The Aesthetics of Dhvani in Theatre 'for its prestigious award for the best book on art. Governor Justice P Sadasivam conferred the award to Dr.K G Paulose in the presence of Sri.K.C.Joseph, Minister for Cultural Affairs, Sri.P N Suresh, Vice chancellor and other dignitaries on 09-11-2014 .

2.Award for Eminent Sanskrit Scholars. The Centre for Heritage Studies, Govt.of Kerala, Hill Palace Tripunithura honoured  Dr. K G Paulose as Eminent Sanskrit Scholar, on 12-11-2014.

3. Vachaspati Dr. K G Paulose.  The age old renowned Anyonyam at Kadavalloor awarded the title of Vachaspati to Dr. K G Paulose on 22-11-2014.