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Nayika...
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  My nayika is predominantly a 'Virahini'. Viraha being an expression of longing in separation. She is also an 'Abhisarika' a woman in love, giving up modesty and going out to meet her lover. Both these shades I could see in the madhura bhakti of saint poetess Meerabai for Lord Krishna. Conventionally, Meera evokes the image of a white saree clad woman with an ektara (a one-string instrument) in her hand...there the image stops!
After listening to Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar's soulful rendition of Meera's poetry and Latajis 'Chala Vahi Des',the colours and moods started flowing. "Kaho kusumbi sari rangava,kaho to bhagava bhes". The 'bhagava bhes' ( saffron robes) is the colour of renunciation and sacrifice. The kusumbi (a flower growing in Rajasthan) is the colour of passion…both are just a shade away from each other.
I am trying to understand Meera as a woman who lived between reality and illusion!
   
 
Photo credits: Kumar Gokhale
 
 
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