Category Archives: What dance means to me

Some random thoughts on what music means to me while dancing

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The chime of bells, I feel in my smile,

The dham of the mridangam is my heartbeat,

The staccato of the natuvangam, my calling into bliss,

 

The flute breathes stillness into my mind,

The violin flows into me, bringing lasya to my limbs,

The ragam creates emotion resonating through to my fingertips,

 

All sounds work as one… gathering my wandering self and focusing my energies onto one all-encompassing point…

 

Dance… Divine Bliss

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Dhim tha na na dhim dhim tha na na na…

These syllables don’t need meaning to make you feel as if you are floating through the clouds, entering the abode of God Himself…

That juno that juno dhimi tha…

Dance is taken into you through sight and sound, but the full effect of what you are experiencing when watching a dance performance transcends what can be physically experienced by your senses. Dance has to be felt! To really be a part of a dance performance, the audience must feel God’s presence being painted in front them. Listening to the music or watching the dance alone can be so spiritually uplifting, but both of them together can be nothing short of heaven on earth.

Tha thay that tha tham, tha thay ya thay that tha tham…

A dancer uses her limbs, her posture, her facial expressions… her entire body to sing the praises of God. By re-enacting divine stories and glorifying even the smallest details of a deity, the dancer forms a deep bond with the Supreme… to know God is to love God. The role of a dancer is to share this bond with her audience and guide them to the realisation of God.

Tham tham dhin nam dhith dhith dhin nam gina gina tha gina gina tha…

I believe that God is in each and every one of us and dance can help us in realising this beautiful idea. The dancer must not try to ACT like the deity depicted in the dance, instead, she should just let God show Himself through her. Instead of trying to convince the audience of what God is like, let God unfold Himself. Whether trying to dance like God or dance for God, the best way to engage your audience is to let the God in them recognise the God in you. Nothing is stronger than such a connection…

Jum jum jum dhimi tha jano thake jum, dhimi thake dhim thake dhim janotha…

This is Why I Dance…

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My soul entwines with melody and beats with rhythm, as I merge with the music around me. My body transforms into a swirl of colour, living the song, being it, becoming the visual representation of divine sound. As the music fills me, my core vibrates with the pure power of AUM and I begin to radiate, vibrations of my divine ecstasy permeating through my skin and into my surroundings. It is as if my skin is no longer the barrier between myself and the world around me.

Each DHUM of the mridangam resounds within me, making me catch my breath. And it all feels as if I am exactly where I should be… like I have been here before and this is home. I feel as if I have just been away for a while and I am slowly finding my way back to my ultimate reality.

Dance is not something I learnt since I was six years old… it is a part of my soul. I have danced through many lifetimes, and in each one, this is how I find my peace. The truth of my existence is unveiled through dance…

This is who I am…