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Free Content Rasa: Exploring the influence of Indian performance theory in drama therapy

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The theory and practice of rasa, as prescribed by the Nāyasāstra and expressed within numerous performance art traditions, offers theoretical and practical possibilities for the field of drama therapy. The authors present the concept of rasa and related concepts, describe a workshop that explored two practices inspired by the rasa system, and include feedback from participants. Further research is needed on the use of rasic approaches to increase emotional literacy, affect regulation and empathy.
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Keywords: affect regulation; emotional literacy; empathy; natyasastra; rasa; rasaboxes

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: New York University 2: Parivarthan Counselling, Training and Research Centre

Publication date: October 1, 2017

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