Navarasam- a Journey!

Navarasam – Thaikkudam Bridge

(watch the above video to follow the interpretation)

A baby is born in a remote village of Kerala to a family whose heritage is Kathakali, which runs like blood in their veins. It is their true identity- for now and for generations to come.

Navarasa (Nava: Nine, Rasa: Mood/emotions): conceptualizes the aesthetic flavors of Indian art forms (be it visual, literary or musical work) that evokes emotions/feelings in the audiences.

  • Shringara Rasa (Love): A Man and a woman are bonded in holy matrimony with the blessings of their elders. They unite in love, bringing a baby boy to their tiny-meaningful world.
  • Hasya Rasa (Laughter): The boy’s childhood is filled with memories, joy and laughter. The Boy has minimal pleasures, yet has the privilege of a happy childhood- A privilege denied to many! A childhood that’ll define how one turns out to be, in the future.
  • Karuna Rasa (Compassion): The boy’s parents are a happy couple who bring him up with their own set of values, nurturing him gently with kindness, compassion and mould him in the art form that was passed down to them by their ancestors through centuries.
  • Adbhutha Rasa (Surprise): The young boy grows up to understand that though his father’s profession is one of the oldest, it is also one of the most under-appreciated. At times, the audience walks out on the performance as the story disinterests them. But the boy is astounded and mesmerized when the tables turn and his father’s performance scares and entrances the audience all the same. The day finally arrives when the boy has to move from the safe haven of his parents care and protection to the new, unfamiliar boundaries of a school. Initially he is ridiculed and made fun of, as is the human behavior that mocks the things that it doesn’t understand. Gradually, the boy wins the admiration of his peers and surprises them with his flair for storytelling.
  • Raudra Rasa (Anger): The new kid, whos is loved by everyone, becomes the natural target of a trio of bullies who are enraged at the attention that is showered on the new boy. One day, they gang up on him to prove their superiority and force him to smoke a cigarette.
  • Veera Rasa (Courage): Faced with a choice to either smoke the cigarette and bow down to the bullies or reject it and stand up to them; the young boy fearlessly chooses the latter, fully aware that the odds are against his favor.
  • Bhayanaka Rasa (Terror): Unable to stand the fact that a feeble young boy has questioned their superiority, they smack him hard and chase him down like savage wolves. The kid is terrorized to his very core and in his panic, he stumbles over a rock and slips into an old well.
  • Bheebatsya Rasa (Disgust): The young boy wails and pleads for help, but the only people who can hear him are the three children, who could have helped him and changed their fates; yet they decide to cover up the well so that no one else can save the boy. A silent chill runs down the spine of everyone who witnesses this act of heartlessness and is disgusted by the sheer hatred shown by the children who are expected to be anything but vile. It is the moment of a disturbing and unsettling realization that we live in a world that harbors both- monsters and angels.
  • Shantha Rasa (Peace): Peace is a complete cycle that starts at the end and circles to the beginning. Sometimes we find peace in an afterlife. Even when the world is an unforgiving and unfair place, it is still beautiful because of the memories that we make, the moments that we share with the people that we care.

A family was together in life and is reunited in death, on a journey among the stars. For, we are nothing but the universe’s desire to experience life!

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