Dramaturgy in the Venisamhara

by Debi Prasad Namasudra | 2016 | 70,412 words

This page relates ‘Adbhuta Rasa (the marvellous sentiment)’ of the study dealing with the Venisamhara of Bhatta Narayana and its practical application of Sanskrit Dramaturgy. The Veni-Samhara is an extraordinary drama in Sanskrit literature which revolves around the great war of Mahabharata within six Acts. This study deals with the author, background and the technical aspects, reflecting the ancient Indian tradition of dramaturgy (Natya-Shastra).

Adbhūta Rasa (the marvellous sentiment)

The mental state of surprise develops into Marvellous sentiment. The wonderful object or an unexpected incident or performances of the impossible, like the feats of jugglers become the ālambaṇa of the marvelous sentiment. The circumstances surrounding such an object or incident excite the feeling. The unwinking gaze, broadening of eyes, use of interjections, twisting of fingers are some of the expressions that ensure from the rise of the adbhūta-rasa. Stupor, perplexity, dumb foundedness, and flurry are the ancilliary feelings that support the sentiment. It is generally followed by such self-existent states as stupefaction, flow of tears, horripilation and choked voice.

“These are eight sentiments which are said to prevail in a dramatic composition,” says, Bharata.[1]

Footnotes and references:


Nāṭyaśāstra of Bharata VII-88.

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