Navrasa: Exploring the Spectrum of Emotions

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Tuesday, 2nd July 2024
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Navrasa: Exploring the Spectrum of Emotions is a cinematic odyssey delving into the profound depths of the nine core emotions that shape our very existence. From the miraculous wonder of birth to the complex nuances of joy, sorrow, anger, courage, disgust, fear, peace, and love, this narrative weaves together a rich tapestry of human experience. Each emotion is portrayed with nuance and sensitivity, offering a holistic journey through life's intricate emotional landscape. These demonstrative pieces are being performed by the students of Dancer, Shakti Mohan's dance studio Nritya Shakti.   

Come embark on this compelling exploration where every emotion unfolds as a chapter in the epic saga of human resilience and spirit. 


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Navrasa: Exploring the Spectrum of Emotions
Navrasa: Exploring the Spectrum of Emotions
Navrasa: Exploring the Spectrum of Emotions
Navrasa: Exploring the Spectrum of Emotions

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PAYTM Insider
Nritya Shakti
Nritya Shakti
Royal Opera House, Mumbai
Royal Opera House, Mumbai

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Nine Moods

Sunday, June 30, 2024 Sunday Mumbai Mirror
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Emotions in movement

Monday, July 1, 2024 Live Mint
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Navrasa: Exploring The Spectrum Of Emotions By Nritya Shakti

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Navrasa

The ancient Indian text Natyashastra outlines nine primary emotions, known as the Navrasa, that are deeply embedded in narrative styles across various art forms. These emotions - Shringara (love), Hasya (laughter), Karuna (compassion), Raudra (anger), Veera (courage), Bhayanakara (terror), Bheebhatsya (disgust), Adbutha (surprise), and Shantha (peace) - reflect the full spectrum of human experience. These Navrasa concepts are seen in the visual and oral depiction of stories across performance arts like dance and music, as well as in sculptural panels and paintings. Many historical and ancient narratives have been crafted around these nine emotions, showcasing their ability to capture the essence of the human condition. By understanding and incorporating these Navrasa, artists, and storytellers can create deeply impactful and resonant works that speak to the universal experiences of their audiences. The Natyashastra's timeless insights continue to shape the narrative styles and artistic expressions that we encounter today.

 

Dance and Navrasa

The classical Indian dance forms have a deep-rooted connection with the concept of Navrasa, as outlined in the ancient treatise Natyashastra by Bharata. Navrasa refers to the nine primary human emotions or states of mind that are evoked and experienced by the audience during a performance. Indian classical dance forms Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Bihu, and Mohiniyattam ignite Rasa-an emotion among the audience using particular bhava- facial expressions, gestures, and movements. Every dancer is trained to express the nine emotions to achieve a sense of completeness in their dance form while performing.  According to some research, each emotion stimulates a particular vibe associated with a color. The emotions of the Navrasa denote a spectrum like the rainbow.

For instance, the Raudra Rasa signified by the color red denotes a sense of rage and anger, while the Bhayanaka Rasa associated with the color black represents feelings of horror, fear, worry, and insecurity. The Bibhatsa Rasa, denoted by the color blue, conveys a sense of disgust, and the Hasya Rasa, represented by the color white, signifies joy and laughter.

Similarly, the Shringara Rasa, represented by a pale light green color, is the crown emotion that can heal anything, and the Shanta Rasa, denoted by the color white, conveys a sense of peace, calmness, and relaxation. The Veera Rasa, associated with the pale orange color, signifies heroism and courage, and the Karuna Rasa, represented by the color grey, denotes compassion.

The Adbhuta Rasa, represented by the color yellow, conveys a sense of wonder and surprise. This deep understanding and embodiment of the Navrasa concept is a hallmark of the classical Indian dance forms, which aim to evoke a range of emotions and transport the audience to a higher state of consciousness.

 

Dance - Communication Through Movement

Dance is a unique form of communication that allows individuals to express and convey their thoughts, feelings, and stories through the movement of the body. It is a way of communication that is beyond words, providing a platform for self-expression and physical release. At its core, dance is driven by a variety of motives, from the desire for self-expression to the exploration of the body and its relationship with the surrounding environment. While dance shares some similarities with other physical activities, it is distinguished by its inherent aesthetics and intentional choreography. Dance has evolved into a diverse range of forms, from simple, spontaneous movements to highly structured, formal performances. Regardless of its style, dance remains a visually captivating art form that is deeply rooted in cultural traditions while constantly innovating and evolving.

 

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