Archive for the ‘Navarasas’ Category

Shirdi Sai Baba – Shanta Rasa

April 8, 2010 16 comments

This portrait of Shri Baba has been by far the most time consuming one that I have ever done.  I wanted this portrait as my 50th post but  just couldnt wait for another 7 more posts.  This is my first sketch that I did from a photo.  Personally I think this sketch has taken me to the next level, sketching from photographs. To give a personal touch,  I wrote my parents name on his ‘jeba maalai’.

For a long time now, I have been thinking how to complete my theme ‘navarasas’ with 2 more rasas to go.  With this sketch, I am checking off ‘Shanta rasa’ from my list..Karuna rasa still remains, will take care of that later.

“Shanta is serenity and peace. It represents the state of calm and unruffled repose that is marked simply by the lack of all other rasas. Because all emotions are absent in Shanta there is controversy whether it is a rasa at all.  Shanta represents complete harmony between the mind, body and the universe. Sages in India meditate for entire lifetimes to attain this state. In music it is often represented through a steady and slow tempo. Shanta is a clear and cloudless state. It is untroubled steadiness and it is the key to eternity.” —-1

I used  4H, 2B, 4B and 6B pencils in this sketch.



Bhaya – Rasa 7

November 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Bhaya is fear. The subtle and nameless anxiety caused by a presentiment of evil, the feelings of helplessness evoked by a mighty and cruel ruler, and the terror felt while facing certain death are all aspects of bhaya. The fear for one’s well being and safety is supposed to be the most primitive feeling known to man. Bhaya is the feeling evoked while facing something that is far bigger and more powerful than oneself and which is dead set on one’s destruction, a feeling of being overwhelmed and helpless. Dread, cowardice, agitation, discomposure, panic and timidity are all aspects of the emotion of fear. Bhaya is also used to characterize that which causes fear. People and circumstances that cause others to cower in terror before them are as central to portrayal of this rasa as those feeling the fear…..

An anxiety has been tried to portray here.

All the while, I have been trying to portray the rasas in a symbolic fashion, thoughts, reactions, bodily movements and consciously avoided portraying it as expressions of the face. I do not know whether I ll be able to hold on to my stand for the remaining two rasas.

The last of the two rasas – Karuna and Shanta are consuming more time than expected . Hence I shall post them after a brief gap.


1. The Art of Drawing, Willim pogany


Bhibatsya – Rasa 6

November 21, 2009 2 comments

“Bhibatsya is disgust. The emotion evoked by anything that nauseates us, that revolts or sickens us is Bhibatsya. When something comes to our notice that is coarse and graceless, beneath human dignity, something which revolts or sickens us it is Bhibatsya that we feel…”

This picture depicts a reaction to something really disgusting.


1. The Art of Drawing, William Pogany


Adbhuta – Rasa 5

November 14, 2009 1 comment

“Adbhuta is wonder and curiosity. The awe that one feels when one comes across something divine and supernatural, some power or beauty that is remarkable and never seen or imagined before is Adbhuta. Adbhuta is the curiosity of man regarding the creation of the world and all its wonders, the astonishment caused by seeing something unusual and magical. The appreciation of a marvel that goes beyond the routine and the mundane is Adbhuta…”

Rather showing face with a suprise feeling I thought why not sketch a kid who keeps us wondering time and again with their questions and actions. And incidently today happens to be childrens day..

The third kid has been “captured in motion” and hence the extra hand… not much of detailing has been done here, but just something enough to give the feel…


1. The Art of Drawing, William Pogany


Veera – Rasa 4

November 11, 2009 2 comments

“Veera is heroism. It represents bravery and self-confidence. Manliness and valiance are the trademarks of a Veer or a fearless person. Courage and intrepidity in the face of daunting odds is heroism. Boldness in battle, the attitude with which martyrs go to war, and the valour with which they die are all aspects of heroism..”

Simple  sketching using 2B and 3B pencils. I am not quite happy for the fact that the image here is less than 1/3 of the original size that was scanned. But nothing could be done coz  if I were to upload it the way the sketch is, people  have to crane their necks to see it.


1. The Art of drawing, William Pogany


Hasya.. Rasa 3

November 7, 2009 7 comments

“Hasya it the rasa used to express joy or mirth. It can be used to depict simple lightheartedness or riotous laughter and everything in between. Teasing and laughing with a friend, being amused and carefree or simply feeling frivolous and naughty..”


1. The Art of Drawing, William Pogany


Shringara – Rasa2

November 3, 2009 9 comments

Shringara means love and beauty. This is the emotion used to represent that which appeals to the human mind, that which one finds beautiful, that which evokes love. This is called the king of all rasas and is  most frequently portrayed in art. Classical Dance expresses this rasa in a lot of ways. This is the only rasa that makes us forget to think about  our well being in the first place. There are various interpretations for this rasa like being used for  the love between friends, the love between a mother and her child, the love for god or the love between a teacher and his disciples. The most common/popular form of Shringara is the love between a man and a woman.  9/10 Indian films exploit this rasa in one form or other. But thats what makes what we are 😛

Here in this sketch I have tried to portray  a sweet anticipation of a woman as she waits for her lover and thinking abt her lover she is lost in thought.

Ref : Pencil Shading – Basic Techniques, Raviraj, NCBH, Chennai