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May 15, 2007

Ganesha and his trunks!


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Dancer's block. That's what I have.

My teacher says, "The words, expressions, emotions that flow through your pen...I need you to bring it to your face. You need to allow yourself to emote. You need to feel the dance...and be the dance."

I try really hard but the magnificent expression that lights a good dancer's visage fails to alight on mine. The harder I try to be a happy dancing Ganesha, the more confused I look. A confused Ganesha dancing, looking at his feet every now and then, sometimes with two trunks instead of one - I am supposed to sway the left hand against my left ear to indicate Ganesha's ear and move my right hand like his trunk; instead I sway both hands enthusiastically, Ganesha's two trunks dancing to their own rhythm!

And if I struggle thus for a happy dancing Ganesha, how will I show a terrifying monster, a ruthless demon, Shiva performing his rudra tandav? How will I express love, how will my eyes show, not talk, kindness and courage?

Ah, those days will come. For now, Ganesha and his Ananda Narthana beckon. This time, he will have one trunk, not two :)

5 comments:

kamal said...

mis-configured ganesha?
ganesha with Intel Core Duo?

jus kidding :)

Gayatri said...

Cool...you learning Bharatnatyam?
Reminds me I should enroll for Kathak!

Zeppelin said...

the two-hands swaying thing... you can control that motion to look more like break-dance.. err..just a thought..

and as for the ruthless demon dance, you can probably wait for halloween to try it out..use a little make up.. catch my point? :p

RS said...

kamal - Geek!

gayu - yes. Good luck!

arun - adaan korchal ippo! Wait until Halloween, I will give you a real scare! :)

piggy said...

Hey RS, AT last I have finished the explanation for all 30 hyms of Thiruppavai: http://sritochi.blogspot.com/search/label/Thiruppavai

As the only known reader of that page, I thought I should let you know.

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