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HASYA (JOY)
KARUNA (COMPASSION)
BHAYANAKA (FEAR)
SHAANTA (CALM)
RAUDRA (ANGER)
SHRINGAARA (LOVE)
ADBHUTA (WONDER)
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Showcase 31 Jan 2014

In Conclusion: The Colours of Navarasa

The contemporary colour association with ‘emotions’ becomes a valuable resource for a holistic understanding of colour-application in an Indian context.

Translated as ‘essence,’ the Navarasas or the nine emotions evoked are a core element across traditional forms of art and performance, and are intrinsic to our self and being. The idea of the Rasas is intertwined with our ecosystem and environment and defines moods for both body and mind. Over the past five issues, Colour Quotient has presented an in depth articulation of the colours associated with the nine Rasas, which were each explored through their archetypal and experiential associations.

HASYA (JOY)
KARUNA (COMPASSION)

HASYA (JOY): Joy is associated with the intangible feelings of nostalgia, motion, anticipation, belief, and continuity.

KARUNA (COMPASSION): Compassion is associated with feelings of protection, transparency, fluidity, and freedom.

BHAYANAKA (FEAR)
SHAANTA (CALM)

BHAYANAKA (FEAR): Fear is associated with colours that represent forcefulness, strength, purity, and intensity.

SHAANTA (CALM): The characteristics of the colours that define Calm are cool, sweet, and light.

RAUDRA (ANGER)
SHRINGAARA (LOVE)

RAUDRA (ANGER): The colours associated with Anger are pure, intense, and dramatic.

SHRINGAARA (LOVE): The characteristics of the colours that define Love  are feminine, fresh, light, and spirited.

ADBHUTA (WONDER)
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BHIBHATSAM (AVERSION): The characteristics of colours associated with Aversion are indulgent, stifling, and rigid.

VEERAM (BRAVERY): The colours associated with Bravery are upbeat, vibrant, strong, and warm.

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ADBHUTA (WONDER): The colours associated with Wonder are fresh, wistful, candied, and spirited.

 
IMAGES

Tristan Martin » photoree.com/photos/ permalink/6545880-11738433@N03  
• Brocken Inaglory » commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/ File:Back-scattering_crepuscular_rays_panorama_1.jpg
• Daniel R. Blume » flickr.com/photos/drb62/3104224796/
• Tanaka Juuyoh » flickr.com/photos/tanaka_juuyoh/4680217868/
• Sarah Reid » flickr.com/photos/sarahreido/4977913557/
• Chris Gladis » flickr.com/photos/mshades/2366727259/
• Kris Krüg » flickr.com/photos/kk/4730850651/
• Allie_Caulfield » flickr.com/photos/wm_archiv/5851313588/
• Fred » flickr.com/photos/44639455@N00/870182934/ Dancer Images
• All images courtesy Bhavna Vijai, disciple of Anupama Jayasimha