Vatsalya Rasa

Vatsalya Rasa by Dr. Rekha Raju
Vatsalya Rasa by Dr. Rekha Raju

The last emotion that remains is Vatsalya. A reliable source told me that Vatsalya and Bhakti were recently added to the Navarasas. But, our Mohiniattan Expert Dr. Rekha Raju is of a different opinion. According to her, Vatsalya is not a rasa. However, she was kind enough to share something on the emotion.

She said, “Vatsalya is an emotion that the favorites of every dancer and every classical dancer. The Indian culture gives a lot of prominence to Motherhood as we consider our Country as God and since Vatsalya that arises from motherly affection has an integral role in daily life. Yashoda and Krishna, Little Krishna’s pranks, the mother taking Krishna’s side when the other Gopis complain about his pranks have been regularly portrayed in classical dances. Tulsi Dasji Purandhar Dasji, etc. have written the beautiful affection of Mothers toward Gods who are born as their sons in different incarnations of Vishnu. It’s said that Karna loves his mother so much that he even promised her that he wouldn’t kill Arjuna is Kurukshetra. So, we know that Vatsalya (motherly affection) is very important in India. Vatsalya towards animals, who are fellow beings, is also majorly depicted in classical dance. Vatsalya, as I said, is very common in today’s world, so the audience enjoys this. The innocence of this emotion is such that it holds the attention of every audience.”

Bollywood and Vatsalya Rasa: Some songs depicting motherly affection are:

Juhi ki kali meri ladli… Dil Ek Mandir (1963) This song is not sung by the mother but a lady friend of the little girl.

Bada natkhat hai re Krishan Kanhaiya… Amar Prem (1972) This song is also not sung by the mother but like in the previous song a lady, who has struck a friendship with the boy. The boy’s stepmother ill-treats him. Thus, it is often not the mother, who gives the motherly love to the child.

Yashomati mayya se… Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978) This talks of the divine mother-son duo Yashoda and Lord Krishna.

Chanda hai tu… Aradhana (1969) This song is sung by the child’s mother.

Maine Maa ko dekha hai… Mastana (1970) This song depicts the yearning of the child for her mother despite the fact that her Mom is alive.

Maa tujhe salaam… Vande Mataram (Non-film album)

Gudiya humse roothi rahogi… Dosti (1964) This song is also not sung by the mother of the child but her nurse. At the same time, the same affection is seen in it.


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