The underlying emotion in Vibhatsa Rasa is disgust. It is a type of aversive reaction that involves withdrawing from a person or object with strong expression of revulsion.
This rasa proved to be quite a challenge to portray. There are so many things around us that evoke disgust, so many social evils which showcase the ugliness of society. What proved to be a challenge was how to pick up a topic which would not only do justice to the rasa, but also be suitable for children to perform on and yet make the audience sit up and think….not an easy task to showcase ugliness and disgust aesthetically !!
So this particular act is our original script to highlight an issue with which we are all aware of, which we all condemn loudly in our sitting rooms, which gives us yet another opportunity to curse the system…..yet we are not willing to do anything about it at our personal level.
We are sure this act will make you more empathetic towards the social evil we have highlighted and do hope that at least some of us decide to take a step in the right direction to address the problem. Be ready for The Palace School children to stir your emotions with our presentation of Vibhatsa Rasa.
The making of Navrasa would not be complete without talking about the dubbing team. Aaroosh had a tough time selecting children for the dubbing of the acts. According to him, if the voice suited the character, the child could not get the correct inflection and if the inflection was right, the desired timbre would be missing. Every rasa has its own flavour and the dialogue delivery had to bring out the essence effortlessly. When asked which rasa he found the toughest to train the students he immediately said – Karun and Hasya rasa.
Practices for Karun rasa, according to him, were very typical as the audition and subsequent practices with the student selected for ‘Rani Shaivya’ evoked a lot of Hasya Rasa! The students found the highly melodramatic dialogue delivery extremely amusing and it was difficult to make them understand that this was the way people spoke and reacted in yester years. Given the current scenario where acting and dialogue delivery tends to be more realistic, scripts belonging to the bygone era demand melodramatic dialogues and enactment.
But the child who dubbed and subsequently also enacted the role of Devi Shaivya took to the role like fish to water. Her heart rending wail at the death of for ‘son’ makes it difficult to believe that she is still in class VI.
Individual dialogues were easier than the ones requiring a chorus. Aaroosh said it was a real challenge to make these 10 and 12 year olds understand the subtle nuances. At times they caught the nuances so quickly that it would take him by surprise but there were times when they tested his patience to the limit …… and finally got it right just as he would be about to give up !
It was wonderful to see the children’s excitement at the recording studio…. but what was even more amazing was to see the professional rendition of the dialogues by these little ones. They gelled well in the chorus lines and finished their recordings in record time! We had expected takes and retakes to slow down the process, but kudos to our talented lot and kudos to their instructor Aaroosh who made the daunting task appear so interesting and easy.
I am sure, some of you will find a few voices very familiar on the D Day and will find it difficult to place them with the right face ….. which will prove how these children become one with the character they were given to emulate.
We are waiting for Thursday, 8 November with bated breath ……. are you?