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According to Rasa Manjari, the pleasure companion of a Nayaka, a Narmasachiva may be a Pithamarda (propitiates angry nayika), Vita (one notch below Nayaka, confidant, may cede on behalf of the Nayaka but not always), Cheta (pure mediator) or a Vidushaka (jester in Sanskrit drama and Shakespearean plays - intelligent, mediator).
- Dr. Anupama Kylash
('Spotlight on the Nayaka' by Rupa Srikanth, The Hindu Friday Review, May 29, 2020)

Bhanudatta (Rasa Manjari) and Rudrabhatta have given four and three duties for a Sakhi respectively. These are to: create humour (Vinoda), adorn the nayika (Mandana), advise (Shiksha), complain with sarcasm (Upaalambha), pacify nayika in all situations (Prasadana), unite the lovers (Sangama) and console that viraha will be short-lived (Virahashwasa).
- Dr. Anupama Kylash
('Spotlight on the Nayaka' by Rupa Srikanth, The Hindu Friday Review, May 29, 2020)


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