Query: the nine Rasas; what colours are associated?

Noel Salmond nsalmond at ccs.carleton.ca
Thu Aug 7 23:07:32 UTC 1997

At 12:53 PM 8/7/97 BST, you wrote:
>Dear list-members,
>I've been reading up on Indian aesthetic theories and I gather that each 
>rasa has its associated colour. So far I have - 
>		the comic	white
>		the furious	red
>		the terrible	black
>		the erotic	blue-black
>(from B. N. Goswamy, "Another past, another context: Exhibiting Indian 
>Art Abroad", in "Exhibiting Cultures", Eds Karp & Levine)
>However a literature search has failed to reveal any of the others. If anyone
>knows the other colour associations I'd be very keen to hear from you. This
>is of more than academic interest to me because I am a visual artist and want
>to use this in a series of artworks. 
>Thank you; Clare
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My notes remind me:

rasa                  colour               deity

S.rn.gaara  erotic:   bluish black         Vi.s.nu
haasya  comic:        white                Siva
karu.na pathetic:     ash colour           Yama
raudra  furious:      red                  Rudra
viira  heroic:        light orange         Indra
bhayaanaka terrrible: black                Kaala
biibhatsa  odious:    blue                 Mahaakaala
adbhuta marvellous:   yellow               Brahma
Saanta  peaceful:     jasmine              Naaraaya.na

B.N. Goswamy did an exhibition catalog for the Asian Art Museum in San
Francisco that was titled <Essence of Indian Art> (1986) I think there's
quite a bit of rasa theory in there and an attempt to correlate rasa theory
with the visual arts.
best wishes

Noel Salmond
Carleton University

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