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For the last eighteen hundred years, Indian arts have been seen in terms of strictly classified emotional effects known as the nine rasas. "The Tenth Rasa: An Anthology of Indian Nonsense" celebrates, for the very first time, what Sukumar Ray called the 'spirit of whimsy', or the tenth rasa, through the topsy-turvy, irreverent, melodic genre of nonsense literature. This fabulous selection of poetry and prose, brilliantly translated from seventeen Indian languages across India, includes works by Rabindranath Tagore, Sukumar Ray, Vinda Karandikar, Gulzar, Dash Benhur, Manoj Das, Navakanta Barua, Mangesh Padgavkar, Sri Sri, Vaikom Mohammad Basheer, Kunjunni and other known, lesser-known and previously unpublished authors. In forms as varied as stories and songs for children and adults, lullabies, folk tales, Bollywood song lyrics and medieval court verse, the writers open doors to wildly imaginative worlds populated by peculiar characters and fantastical creatures, where only nonsense makes perfect sense.
Michael Heyman is a scholar and writer of nonsense and children's literature. He is an associate professor of English at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he teaches courses partly, if not wholly, nonsensical. Sumanyu Satpathy is a professor of English at Delhi University and one of the only nonsense scholars in India. He has written and edited several books, including Re-viewing Reviewing: The Reception of Modernist Poetry in the TLS (1912-1932) and Conrad's Heart of Darkness, and has published papers in various scholarly journals. Anushka Ravishankar is the only Indian nonsense writer published in English in India. Anushka's Tiger on a Tree has won several awards, including the Andersen Award in Italy, and has been included in the 2005 Notable Children's Book List by the American Library Association.