Raga 2022: Śṛṅgāra Nāyikā – Hues of Love By Omkar Arts (Singapore)
Raga 2022: Śṛṅgāra Nāyikā – Hues of Love By Omkar Arts (Singapore)

Raga 2022: Śṛṅgāra Nāyikā – Hues of Love By Omkar Arts (Singapore)

Natyashastra is  the text on dramaturgy which  delineates eight emotional states, that the nayikas can go through, which are called the nayika Avasthas. These classifications pertain to the heroine’s characterisation, traits and mannerisms in relation to love and their interactions with the nayaka (hero). Other personal and social factors also influence and chart the behaviour of the nayika, which combined, creates a myriad of hues of the heroine in love.

Utilising a unique combination of bharatanatyam, kathak, narration and live singing, this performance delves deeper into each psychological state that underpins the character types of these eight classifications of nayika. The opening and closing dance sequences will focus on nritta (movement-based dance), while the majority of the production focuses of abhinaya (facial expressions). Through these various elements, this dance production aims to showcase the different states of the nayika and delve deeper into their diverse characterisation.

Performers
Sreedevy Sivarajasingam
Ponnamma Devaiah

Key creative personnel
Dancers/Concept/Choreography – Ponamma Devaiah and Sreedevy
Mentor – Dr Anupama Kylash
Music – Praveen D Rao
Narrator – Dr Lavanya Balachandran
Lighting – Daryl Soh

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