History, Definition and Classification of the Nayika Anya Sambhoga Duhkhita


This paper titled ‘Anya Sambhoga Duḥkhita’ throws light on the nayika who is saddened by the union of the hero with another. This paper would be useful for dancers to have a better understanding of this nayik and to facilitate them in their rendition of Śṛṅgāra items. The attributes and varieties of an ‘Anya Sambhoga Duhkhita’ are exemplified in this paper. Are there enough literatures or songs available on this nayika? Since this variety of nayika is not a part of the accepted 8 varieties, to which variety or avastha will she fit in, if she has to be done so? These are a few questions which need to be answered.