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RAUDRA (ANGER)
SHRINGAARA (LOVE)
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Showcase 30 Apr 2013

The Colours of Navarasa – Raudra & Shringaara

The previous article in the series, Colours of Navarasa, investigated the colours associated with the Rasas, Bhayanaka (Fear) and Shaanta (Calm). The fourth article will explore the archetypal and experiential colour associations of the Rasas, Raudra (Anger) and Shringaara (Love).

RAUDRA (ANGER)
SHRINGAARA (LOVE)

RAUDRA (ANGER)

Anger, on the whole, might seem like a straightforward emotion. However, it is quite complex, in that it has many overlapping shades of negativity. From embarrassment and disappointment, to retaliation and jealousy, it morphs from one to the other, with surprising fluidity. One would assume that such a complex emotion would have complex archetypal (generic) associations, and experiential (learned) associations. 

Archetypal Associations 

Intense reds dominate this category. Not many other colours are associated with Anger. These associations are a reflection of the physical representation of the colour red—blood, fire, pain, and danger amongst others. Being a very versatile colour, red is able to evoke almost conflicting emotions, as we see in Love and Fear. Due to the heat that it exudes, it acts as a stimulant, therefore increasing energy, hunger, and activity. It does not refer to a passive anger.

Experiential Associations 

Red’s neighbouring colour family, orange is present in this category. An intense, saturated orange is associated with disappointment and dissatisfaction. It refers to a simmering passive anger. Colours close to orange are also associated with a fervour and fanaticism.

Both of these categories see the associated colours as intense, overpowering, active, powerful, and evocative. Anger is an energetic emotion; it pushes people to act, both physiologically and emotionally. The colours associated also evoke similar feelings.

SHRINGAARA (LOVE) 

Love as a sentiment has many facets.  A maternal and protective love, an erotic and romantic love, the love emerging from attachment to pets, familial and kinship related love, even desires for food and indulgences, amongst others. The representative colours for this emotion are a mélange of all these different categories of Love. Shringaara or Love is also explored through its archetypal and experiential associations.

Archetypal Associations 

Tints of pinks and purples as well as intense reds dominate this category. The colour red as an association was expected, but it is interesting to note its reasoning. There are nuances of exaggeration, aggression, and carefree attitudes represented by reds that define the excited, powerful, enveloping feelings of love. The tints of pinks and purples provide more comforting, familiar feelings of maternal love and femininity. These pastels are also reminiscent of food, candy, candy-floss, children, and stuffed toys, regardless of gender.

Experiential Associations 

The experiential associations of Love are a bit more serious and saturated. Garden greens and earthy browns are associated with Love. The greens refer to freshness, energy, and passion. The brightness of the greens refers to the spirited character of the emotion. There is a lot of continuity, activity, and motion that is associated with green. The browns on the other hand are a more stable representation of the emotion. They speak of loyalty, permanence, and the precious nature of the sentiment; something that is rare, natural, and clean. 

The archetypal and experiential categories explore Love in very different manners. The common thread in both being the purity and energy associated with this emotion.

 

IMAGES

• Sarah Reid » flickr.com/photos/sarahreido/4977913557/
• Chris Gladis » flickr.com/photos/mshades/2366727259/ Dancer Images
• All images courtesy Bhavna Vijai, disciple of Anupama Jayasimha