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What is rasa?

Explore this essential concept in Asian dance through the Ramayana.

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Published: 24 Sep 2020


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Ever wondered how to describe that transcendental feeling that comes while watching a performance?

In the Indian treatise Natyasastra, the sage Bharata coins a term to encapsulate that very particular experience – rasa. Performed by various traditional dance groups in South and Southeast Asia, this video introduces the concept of rasa using episodes from the Ramayana, a Hindu epic that has had lasting and pervasive influence on the cultural practices of this region. 

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