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What are the rasas of which the natya experts speak?
What constitutes a rasa?
What are the bhavas (emotions)?
What feelings do they (bhavas) convey?
What is sangraha (essence of contents), a karika, and a nirukta?
To these questions, Bharata Muni replies in detail, and discusses the concept of Rasa and Bhava. To understand the concept of Anubhavas, an understanding of Bhava and Vibhava is a prerequisite because the Bhava, the Vibhava, and the Anubhava are interrelated. Bharata Muni mentions eight Rasas, namely Hasya (Laughter), Karuna (sorrow), Raudra (anger), Vira (heroism, courage), Bhayanaka (terror or fear), Bibhatsa (disgust), and Adbhuta (surprise/wonder). Shantha (peace or tranquility) is considered as the ninth Rasa. The Bhavasare of two...
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