International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Research Paper | English Language and Literature | India | Volume 12 Issue 7, July 2023

Depiction of "The Rasa Theory" in Indian Folklore-Based Movies-Tracing the Relevance of Raudra-Rasa as a Pervasive Theme in Kantara

Pratikshya Tripathy | Dr. Krishnaprada Dash [2] | Dr. Anshuman S S Mohanty

Abstract: Time and again, Indian literature and traditions have been introduced on the celluloid with the objective to familiarise people with the undiscovered cultures and practices of foreign lands. For the longest time, Indian cinema has witnessed the realistic portrayal of Indian classical dances blended with drama for an alluring theatrical effect. Most of these age-old dance forms include essential elements like body movements, postures, gestures, and, most importantly, facial expressions, which are grouped into nava-rasas. One of the fundamental rasas out of the nava-rasas is the "raudra-rasa", which has been portrayed as the dominant rasa in violent, dramatic performances. A recent marvel in Indian cinema, Kantara has highlighted the "furious sentiment" in a brilliant manner by incorporating the rasa with a legend of two religious figures, Panjurli and Guliga, the deities worshipped in the Tulunadu culture. Kantara is a balanced blend of action, emotion, and unfiltered tradition, which bring out the essence of Hindu religious rituals, where dance can be coupled with the theme of destruction to evoke devotion in the audience. This paper aims to trace the dominance of Raudra-rasa as an inextricable element of local cultures and legends, celebrated through the pivotal characters in this work of cinematic brilliance.

Keywords: Indian Cinema, Indian Literature, Kantara, Rasa, Bhava, Raudra-Rasa, Tradition

Edition: Volume 12 Issue 7, July 2023,

Pages: 1297 - 1299

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