Abhinavagupta, a 10th-
century mystic and philosopher is going to be at the center of attention in the national capital in the coming days. A proponent of Kashmir Shaivism and author of several books on tantra and theatre, the philosopher may soon have a landmark roundabout in Delhi named after him.
The Delhi-based Jammu and Kashmir Study Centre has plans to mark the 1,000th death anniversary of the sage.
A painting of Abhinavagupta with Swami Ram, Swami Mahatabkak and Swami Lakshmanjoo. abhinavagupta
The philosopher passed away on January 4, 1016 in Kashmir. The organisation has formed the Acharya Abhinavagupta Millennium Ceremony Committee, headed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of the Art of Living Foundation.
Bollywood actor Anupam Kher is a key member of the committee, which also has members from the fields of arts and theatre.
Ashutosh Bhatnagar, general secretary of the centre and convenor of the commemoration committee said that on January 3, a function was held at Mandi House Circle to mark the day by lighting a thousand diyas in the memory of the late philosopher.
Bhatnagar said that considering the great work of Abhinavagupta, who had worked extensively on theatre, it was only better that the Mandi House circle, the hub of theatre activities in Delhi, should be named after him.
The committee members have already sent a formal request letter to the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and are hopeful that their request would be granted “since the Mandi House circle doesn’t have an official name till date”. Such request letters have been sent to most NDMC members. Vice-Chairman NDMC and BJP leader Karan Singh Tanwar NDMC said that his office has received the letter and they will look into it as per the procedure.
In his life, Abhinavagupta completed over 35 works, the largest and most famous of which is Tantrāloka, an encyclopaedic treatise on all the philosophical and practical aspects of Trika and Kaula (known today as Kashmir Shaivism).
His another valuable contribution was in the field of philosophy of aesthetics with his famous Abhinavabhāratī commentary of Nāṭyaśāstra of Bharata Muni.