Thala Asvarudha

Tala Asvarudha

Tala Asvarudha consists of eight nissabdakas followed by ten druta matras and laghu matras. Except for the kavitta the rest of the details follow the common pattern. There is a slight discrepancy in the symbols. The literal definition and the chachakaras speak of four laghu matras,the symbolic representation should therefore consist of the same symbols. .Nissabdaka, Bindu and Sara are the synonyms used respectively for kakapada, druta and laghu.

The Rider—a knight errant on his white charger. An extremely impressive young warrior,sword in one hand, speeds forth with determination, as if to indicate that he would brook no obstacles in his path, the path that inevitably leads him to his beloved. As the text describes the prince—charming joyously responds to the call of spring, vasanta. His royal character is indicated by the retainer running ahead of him with an aftabgir.

The colour scheme is essentially cool, contrary to the mood suggested by the text. Bright vermilion for the headgear and the pajama, green for the sash and pink for angarakha, relieve the figure from the plain background in pale green. The vermilion dye on the lower part of the charger’s body has the same effect and purpose. Of the personal aspect of the rider the vertical saffron mark on the forehead and the red tilaka on that of the retainer are noteworthy.

This, unlike a few others of this series is obviously a depiction of a nayaka of a youth pining for his sweetheart.

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