Title: The Dance of the Soul !
What a splendid burst of Artistry in the glorious divine sanctum of Lord Muruga — A Dance of the soul Celestial I ‘ve seen !
The poetry of devotion of ages past blossomed into a dance like a dream !
Like amidst damsels so fair, unfurls the dance of petals of Bhakti in flowering boughs,
Emerging on our vistas like shining moons from veils of thin wisping clouds !
The titillating intricate movements harmonised to mesmerising melodies and spectacular thundering rhythms !
While tinkling anklets gyrated to resonate to heavenly vibrant tempos of the Carnatic Mrdangam !
The soul through Abinayas scintillates shades of the myriad moods, pines – from the infinite to be heard,
Thus, culminates with intensity of Bhakti with a vision of the supreme from Alarripu to Mokhsa for hearts to be stirred !
Beholding repertoires of each creative pulse to sail away, struck was I, with wondrous awe !
The brilliance of expressions towards the Almighty the gift of Artistry via dance , I saw !
Time stood still, as a Cakori gazing at the radiant moon, I was spellbound !
Demurred did I, into the stoic silence of my soul with the Rhythmic Cosmic Dance within to sound !
To the dance of ancient India of temples and royal courts my eager eyes were wrapt and fixed !
As if agility had left to conspire with the magical spell of the dance for the stillness of my eyelids !
Wow ! And at last, I whispered to myself what a wonder to behold !
Mother India through the millennia poised grace, beauty and elegance through dance to tantalise our souls !
By the Grace of Bharata Muni our questing hearts shall ever be lit to dance through life with pleasure !
From the greater syntax of Natya Sastras to immerse humanity in the depth of bliss in its oceanic soulful treasure !!!
Kanna – A tribute to the festival of dance — From Alarrippu to Mokhsa ( 2016 )
Photograph by Dr Vijaya Sangkar Jaganathan