Prof. Takoko Inoue, Professor, Daito Bunka University
Date Venue Entry
September 14, 2007 India International Centre, New Delhi Open
September 17, 2007 Hotel Savera, Chennai Open

When Buddhism was introduced into Japan, several kinds of exotic performing arts were brought through China and Korea. Though they have been modified or transformed for a long time, we can still find a lot of Indian elements among them. One of the Gagaku (the orchestra music preserved by the Imperial House and Buddhist temples) repertoires called the Rinyugaku is said to have been brought by Buddhist monks from India. The Shomyo (the Buddhist chants and its name derived from sabdavidya) is said to have been originated from the Vedic Chants. A gogen-biwa (a five-stringed lute with a straight neck) preserved in the Shosoin Imperial Repository is said to have been originated in India through its music was obsolete. The Gigaku (the dance drama with masks) was also obsolete, but we can find some Indian characteristics such as Brahman and Garuda among its preserved masks. In additions to these examples, the Indian epic stories were adopted in the traditional theatres such as Noh and Kabuki.

In her lecture, she had introduced such Indian elements in Japanese traditional performing arts together with sample music, pictures and videos, and explained how they were adopted and transformed.

Prof Inoue did her Masters from University of Tokyo and also from University of Delhi (Karnatak Music). She did her Ph. D. from University of Tokyo on the theme of "The Transformation of Musicology and Performing Arts in Modern India". She is currently Professor at Daito Bunka University’s Department of International Culture.

Prof. Takoko Inoue