The Making of Navrasa

I had no idea how tough the project Navarsa would be ! Once I started working on it, I felt completely stumped right at the beginning itself.  The original work of Bharat Muni was nowhere to be found. Internet which is supposed to be the modern womb of knowledge, drew a near blank. How was one supposed to depict the nine emotions on stage? The only thing which was clear to me was we had to have a potpourri of dance, music, theatre and art…bringing out the distinct flavour of each rasa.

The easiest seemed Veer Rasa to me-Veer Rasa or the emotion of courage. Our Indian history is replete with instances of courage and valour depicted by our brave historical characters. Yet, would courage be defined by only bravery depicted in the battlefield? While working on the emotion of courage I realized that courage is the most important virtue as without courage one can’t practise any other virtue consistently !!

One needs courage to love in face of opposition, courage to remain happy under adverse circumstances, courage to overcome sorrow, courage to overcome fear, anger, hatred , disgust……any emotion…it requires courage to express or overcome. As Winston Churchill rightly said-Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities-because it is the quality that guarantees all others.

So, I had the choice-should the depiction of Veer Rasa be done via a historical theme or should it reflect courage displayed in our day to day life by common man ? A tough choice !!

But history won…for the simple reason that I couldn’t resist showcasing the grandeur of our rich historical past. Ernest Hemingway defined courage as “grace under pressure” and keeping this in mind I settled upon the story of Prithviraj Chauhan’s face off with Mohammad Ghori.

Then came the script.

As I penned the script in English, I realised something was lacking….the language just did not seem to reflect the essence of the era, the entire sequence lacked punch.

It was already the end of June and the clock seemed to be ticking fast. I decided to contact Aaroosh Sethi, a young dynamic theatre artist who had worked closely with us at the time of our 7th Annual Day, “The Seven Wonders”.

And then started the brain storming sessions with Aaroosh about the script and the presentation.

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Urvashi Warman