The Navarasas

Posted by Freddy on Jan-9-2010

Human life is a rich fabric which gains color and feel amidst the series of happenings that shape it. These dull actions that characterize every day as well as the extraordinary happenings make life further interesting while evoking feelings in human being. These feelings are the emotions or rasas, which indeed offers life colors and pattern. Rasas thus define the unedited realities of life amidst their vibrancies of emotion.

The theory of Indian art is housed within the rasas as expounded by Bharata Muni in Natyasastra and Nandikeswaran in Abhinayadarpana. A rasa is the essence or a dominant mental state evoked in the audience by the performer.

Rasa is created by bhavas. Bhava is the permanent mood and rasa is an expression of it. So as an example, when bhaya (fear) is the bhava, the rasa created is bhayanaka

Indian masters have identified nine rasas or Navarasas and we see that man lives his life through these nine basic expressions. A study of the Navarasas helps us understand basic human emotions and human psyche.

The Navarasa, in the Indian scriptures refer to the nine expressions that humans often show. These are shringara (love), hasya (laughter ), karuna (kind-heartedness or compassion), roudra (anger), veera (courage), bhayanaka(terror), bheebhatsya (disgust), wonder or adbhutha (surprise) and shantha (peace or tranquility). In addition to the nine Rasas, two more appeared later Vatsalya and Bhakti.

The Nine moods or the rasas are associated with colors. The nine colors of Navarasa speak the emotions that they depict. Shringara (green), hasya (white ), karuna (grey), roudra (red), veera (orange), bhayanaka (black), bheebhatsya (Blue), wonder or adbhutha (yellow) and shantha (white).

Rasa is best described as the interplay of moods expressed by various characters in a work of art. The theory of rasas still forms the aesthetic underpinning of all Indian classical dance and theatre, such as Bharatanatyam,kathak,Kuchipudi, Odissi, Manipuri, Kudiyattam, Kathakali and others.

The Big Eyes…

Posted by Freddy on Oct-25-2009

The sun was rising, spreading its light and wiping the darkness out.  The ship began sailing…

I was on the deck, gazing at the port.

We were moving away from the port, the sights were becoming smaller. I could only see the light house.  It was just the size of my finger. Then I saw the ship’s binocular.

I zoomed in… then zoomed out… tried to adjust the knob… I was able to see, but it wasn’t clear. I tried to focus … everything was crystal clear now.

I could see them in there normal size.

Binoculars are really amazing, bringing things closer from a distance.

While gazing through the binocular I felt like a private detective, trying to prove a case as in all formula movies.

I slowly turned around… nothing… but I could see the sky and the blue ocean… Like in the “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge I chanted

“Water water everywhere but no drop of water to drink”.

I could only say that as I could see only the water and blue sky touching the ocean at a distance.

I focused through the binocular again. I could see the dolphins at a distance, fizzing out. Jumping and enjoying. It looked like they were taking a sun bath.

Ship’s binoculars have a magnification of 20-power, with an apparent field view of approximately 70 degrees. They are mounted on a weight adjustable carriage. Ship’s binoculars consist of the binocular assembly, carriage assembly, and the pedestal.

Binoculars in general are a pair of identical or mirror-symmetrical telescopes mounted side-by-side and aligned to point accurately in the same direction allowing us to view with both eyes.

We can see what ever we want to see with those “big eyes”.