(one who is dressing herself up), is a Nayika (heroine) from the Indian
tradition centred around the Ashta-Nayikas or Eight Heroines, where each one
of them represents a period in women’s romantic life. The nayika Vasaksajja
presented in this watercolour painting is getting dolled up, because she has
received the much-awaited news of the arrival of her beloved.
is in a blue skirt, yellow blouse, and green chunni (scarf), all of her
garments accentuating her youthful curves. Her ornaments are picked carefully
by her, each piece, from her necklace to her waistband looks like individual
work of art. The colour green in her scarf and more importantly in her bangles
signifies fertility and auspiciousness for an Indian woman, one can see why the
painter chose this particular colour for a woman ready to unite with her lover.
Her face is exquisite. She is readying her hair, which she will put in a
beautiful braid. Her almond eyes are fixed contemplatively at a point outside
the canvas, eagerly waiting for the arrival of her love.
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