Real India Project – Navarasas

17 05 2010

I have a dream – to capture the real side of India – covering the entire gamut of culture, values, myths, modernization, households, statues, paintings, slums, bungalows, beaches, mountains, places of worship, riots, meetings, children, street games, elders, middle class families, urban life… Well, the list is as endless as the diversities that make India so beautiful and proud.

To kick start, i captured these pictures. These are the road side paintings that one can find on the Saidapet bus stop. These pictures depict “Navarasas” of Bharatnatyam.  In Indian culture, Navarasas are a set of 9 different expressions in life that a human face can carry. It is indeed those 9 facial reactions that the artist has replicated.

The picture below depicts “Veeram” – a tamil word for “Bravery”. Bravery is deeply rooted in Indian culture, why not when there were kings like Veer Sivaji, Akbar, the Chozhas and several such dynasties.

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The second picture stands for “Bayam” which is the tamil word for “Fear”. Everyone has fear,  the way you overcome it makes you strong!

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The third picture stands for “Anbu” – “Love”. There was no history without the pages of Love and Affection.

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The fourth picture depicts “Veruppu” – “Hatred towards something or someone”.

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The fifth pictures depicts “Santham” – ” Peace” with oneself and the world.

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The sixth picture depicts “Kobam” – “Anger”. An angered heart shows on the eyes!

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The seventh picture depicts “Karunai” – “Sympathy”.  Though empathy is considered a step above these days, sympathy is a heart drenched way of expressing compassion for a fellow human being’s woes.

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The eight picture depicts “Nagaichuvai” – “Humour”.  Laughter, they say, is the best medicine!

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The next picture depicts “Arpudham” – “Wonder”. It is about the sense of wonder that one feels deep down the heart.

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The painting artist who drew these on the roadside could have been paid meagre wages, but his work stands truly world-class.