Rasa – Nine Links
Rasa is a riff on the movie Zanjeer. This was the iconic film that catapulted Amitabh Bachchan into public attention and was instrumental in making him the defining icon of his generation: The Angry Young Man, the antihero, the Other. At one level the eponymous “chain” of the movie’s title is a very direct reference to a particular object in the film. It is the link to the origins of a young man’s recurring nightmare, whose roots can be traced back to intense childhood trauma. It is a reminder that Time in our Einstein/quantum world isn’t a simple linear thing, but something that twists between past and present to make us the complex person we are at any given moment.
The chain could also refer to the emotional claims we make on each other � and the emotions we experience. The artwork Rasa takes all its imagery � from images of Amitabh and Jaya, to objects such as firecrackers, to moments of drama such as a boy peering from a cupboard – from the movie Zanjeer and re-presents its narrative as a deconstructed chain of the Nine Rasas or nine principle emotions. Like a chain or zanjeer, the images of Rasa are all connected and flow from one into the other. Viewing the artwork Rasa, we can choose to remember with nostalgia the film Zanjeer and the impact it made. Or we can reconstruct our own personal narrative using the artworks imagery. Or both.