Sonal Mansingh

Ashta-Nayika

Ashta-Nayika (1980 ): The Eight Emotional Phases of Women in love Indian aestheticians classified love-situations and women’s responses to them in eight categories. A woman, young and comely was called -Khandita-when she berated the errant lover for obvious signs of his unfaithful dalliance. Her anger and hurt are unabashed, delineated. The range is from a woman setting out for a tryst in the dark of the night, waiting for the love, not finding him at the appointed place, to the angry and later remorseful then triumphant in the reawakened passion at the end. The choreography presents each of the eight phases with a new imagery, text, melody and rhythm
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