Satyagraha by Philip Glass

‘Satyagraha’ – a politico-philosophical concept of non-violence translated as opera. In this opera, Satyagraha is not illustrated or ‘conveyed’ as a didactic concept. Through the medium of opera, the audiece actually encounters Satyagraha as itself in opera form. Satyagraha is thus ‘presented’ or exhibited rather than represented. Jean Luc Nancy writes in The Ground of the Image:

The image is outside the common sphere of presence because it is the display of presence. It is the manifestation of presence, not as appearance, but as exhibiting, as bringing to light and setting forth.

For “image” above read Opera, Sculpture, Painting, Photograph, Peformance, Film, etc.

satyagraha,  (Hindi: “insistence on truth” or “zeal for truth”) Mohandas K. Gandhi, known as Mahatma (“Great Soul”), Indian nationalist leader. [Credit: Ann Ronan Picture Library/Heritage-Images]concept introduced in the early 20th century by Mahatma Gandhi to designate a determined but nonviolent resistance to evil. Gandhi’ssatyagraha became a major tool in the Indian struggle against British imperialism and has since been adopted by protest groups in other countries.

According to this philosophy, satyagrahis—practitioners of satyagraha—achieve correct insight into the real nature of an evil situation by observing a nonviolence of the mind, by seeking truth in a spirit of peace and love, and by undergoing a rigorous process of self-scrutiny. (From Encyclopedia Brittanica) 



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