Curated by Leela Samson

In Indian classical dance—literature, music and dance are woven together into a beautiful tapestry of emotions. Bhava, or feeling, is an important component in dance. 

Even in the fifth century poems we find these emotive songs. The poems reveal endless emotion at every level—from human to divine. They display multiple temperaments—pain and pleasure, praising and pleading, loving to scolding, and so on. These conversations can be between friends, male and female, lovers, couples, disciples and Gods. 

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