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BHIBHATSAM (AVERSION)
VEERAM (BRAVERY)
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Showcase 30 Sep 2013

The Colours of Navarasa - Bhibhatsam & Veeram

The previous article in the series Colours of Navarasa investigated the colours associated with the Rasas, Raudra (Anger) and Shringaara (Love). The fifth article will explore the archetypal and experiential colour associations of the Rasas, Bhibhatsam (Aversion) and Veeram (Bravery).

BHIBHATSAM (AVERSION) 

Bhibhatsam or Aversion is considered a base emotion and is quite instinctive. Withdrawal from potential harm is universally present in us physiologically and mentally. The emotion is explored through the two categories of archetypal and experiential associations.

Archetypal Associations 

Understandably, the predominant colours in this category are dark greys, deep reds, and dirty greens. The greys are associated with gloom and the ‘official.’ It also refers to greying hair, old age, and lack of clarity that references moral grey areas. The deep reds speak of disappointment and rigidity. It is a colour often associated with corruption. The dirty greens, on the other hand, are fairly bright, but refer to inefficiency, money, and lack of motivation.

Experiential Associations 

Muddy yellows and burnt browns find themselves part of this category along with the darkest of blacks. The yellows are interestingly associated with the sin of gluttony, an indulgent, hedonistic activity. The burnt browns create an environment of disturbance with imagery of soot, cigarettes, dirt, and noise. The inky blacks are quite stifling and draining. They refer to introspection and regret, along with unrest and rebellion.

All the colours associated with the emotion of Aversion are strong, unnatural, evocative, and heavy. They are quite enveloping and powerful, but hollow and stifling at the same time. The quality of the colours is either muddy or with grey-tones. This reinforces the lack of clarity prevalent in this emotion.

BHIBHATSAM (AVERSION)
VEERAM (BRAVERY)

VEERAM (BRAVERY)

The second Rasa being explored in this article is Veeram or Bravery. Bravery is also an energetic emotion. It is a state of eagerness and anticipation, one which is largely positive. Some amounts of nervous energy give way to a stimulated sense of being. The colour associations are explored through their archetypal and experiential categories.

Archetypal Associations 

Bright greens, sunny oranges, and medium toned greys find their presence in this category. The purples are quite playful, strong, and intense. Their brightness is evocative of a sense of activity and are not very relaxing. The oranges are bright, warm, and reminiscent of the sunset sky. It refers to the outdoors and play. The more saturated oranges are described as powerful, with tones of fanaticism and fervour. The medium-toned greys speak of a carefree attitude, one that is redolent of cartoons, childhood, and presents a sense of nostalgia.

Experiential Associations 

Sunny yellows, vintage pinks, and maroons are associated with Bravery in this category. The yellows again refer to the upbeat nature of Bravery. There is activity and anticipation but in very a positive manner. There is also an association of food with the yellows. The vintage pinks are linked with expectation, importance, and coming alive. The maroons on the other hand speak of motivation, movement, and energy.

The common thread in both associations is the vibrancy and intensity of the colours. The focus is on the ability of the colours to be evocative and conjure these emotions.


IMAGES

• Leonardo Aguiar » flickr.com/photos/sensechange/1622829558/
• Kris Krug» flickr.com/photos/kk/4730850651/
• Sherrie Thai » flickr.com/photos/shaireproductions/3093374012/
• Allie Caulfield » flickr.com/photos/wm_archiv/5851313588/
Dancer Images
• All images courtesy Bhavna Vijai, disciple of Anupama Jayasimha