Thursday, June 27, 2013

Dance....My first love...My Life


Both my knees are black & blue and my left ankle is swollen. And I'm sitting here with a content smile on my face and writing this post....Welcome to a dancer's world!! :)
I have a show this weekend and for the past one month we have been rehearsing hard for it. With humidity at its peak we sweat it out in the studio till we get that perfection...This is our high...this is our addiction...we don't care about the cuts and bruises, if that is what it takes for a performance that ends in applause and appreciation.

“Dance, when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free.” 
― Rumi

I have been dancing since forever...in school, at family functions, at birthday parties, here & there and everywhere. But my first formal training was when we had moved to Chennai and I got fascinated with the Bhava (Expression), Raga (Music) and Tala (Rhythm) of 'Bharatnatyam'. I was in Class IV. After three years of a sensual love affair with this classical dance form I bid a tearful goodbye as we moved to Kota, Rajasthan. The next two years swept by, with Ila Arun's folk songs making entry into my dancing dictionary.
Caught up with Life, struggling to catch up with peers in the cat-rat race, I perhaps lost 'Me' somewhere when I came to this big city. I was still a dancer at heart but other than a small performance in the colony's annual function or a competition or function in college, I was ignoring my hearts' calling.
It was only when unemployed with a MBA degree in hand, frustrated with zero turnaround at various interviews, I decided to stand up dance yet again!! And this time around I fell in love with a completely new world....a world of ChaînésPirouetteJete' and many more of such crazy, twirly and fun techniques. I found a new meaning in Life, I discovered and am still discovering a beautiful 'Me'. I owe a lot to dance. It is a part of who I am....With a full time job and family now, I have to priorities a lot but Dance brings in a serene balance in my Life, which i had not known before. These last three years have taught me a lot...Dance is not just something I love to do...it's a way of Life!!


"Dance, for me, is like meditation. You are moving yet you are still. You are reaching out/connecting to the audience but first you have to reach within/connect with yourself. To shine on stage you first have to find that inner light within you!!"


18 comments:

  1. I am sure all dance enthusiasts will understand your ecstacy & agony better dear Adi! I wd still ask you to take all precautions & good care of your precious knees! lv u loads.... keep dancing & be happy :)

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  2. I have always envied people who could dance, for I can't! I have always been the one sitting in the audience while the rest of my school mates danced in functions. I think it's a gift to be able to dance...such a beautiful form of expression. So, dance away, lucky girl!

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    1. Thanks dear :) n I truly believe that anybody can dance...all u need is dash of willingness and bundles of passion. Trust me!!

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  3. I can see how much you like it! For me it is two left feet!

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    1. Hey Mridula :) thanks for visiting...I knw people who dance really well even wid two left feet!!

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  4. Wah kya likha hai :P. I liked it bery bery much Aditi , not because i am also a dancer but because of attached feelings here. Keep Dancing :D > Now you will do Bharat Natyam in our next class . Be Prepared !!

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    1. Thanks dost!! :) :) ahem....Bharatnatyam...dekhenge... ;)

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  5. wonderful to do something you love with a passion. :)

    thanks for finding my spot and leaving comments! really appreciate it! blessings to you!

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    1. I love ur clicks TeX!! U capture nature around u so beautifully :)

      Thanks fr coming to my space dear :)

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  6. Love your passion. I am not much of a dancer expect for tapping my feet in parties but when I get to it, it's hard to stop me :D That's the fun of dancing!

    Enjoy and keep your love alive.

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    1. So true Tanya...guilty!! I can't stop too..even when I've had a tiring day in office all I need is to dance to unwind...

      Welcome to my humble blog...hope to c u around!! :)

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  7. Oh, you are my kinda woman. Dancing is just the air that I breathe, writing is the peace it brings. Glad to connect.

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    1. Hey Tiara :) the pleasure is all mine. So, whats ur dance style?

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  8. Wow, great affection to the Dace! absolute, it's correct that India is incredible in dance because all states have different kind of dance.

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