The Erotic. The Valorous. The Furious. The Terror-stricken. The Pathetic. The Comic. The Disgusting.
The Marvellous. The Peaceful.
There is a spectrum of nine emotions that the superior work of art should evoke and represent,
explains the Natyashastra, the oldest surviving text on stagecraft in the world. The
9 Emotions deconstructs each of these emotions and explodes them into their modern
context: Indian cinema billboards, or hoardings, as they are popularly known. A team of
hoarding artists from Chennai’s vibrant Kollywood movie industry have created monumental
paintings, which express each of the nine emotions in their own inimitable style.
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