Saturday, October 26, 2013

Dance for a cause

Dance speaks a language universal
Self expressions: Love, Hate, Joy, Angst...
Leave impressions: Spirit, Soul...
Breaking inhibitions,
Binding unlike worlds.
Dance for a cause,
Hope and Peace.
Bring in
Change.

Can Dance bring about a change for the better in the world?

I believe it can!

For me, dance is not just for recreation or entertainment or pleasure. It is more than that. It has helped me develop into a better human being, evolve as a more empathetic person, made me more aware and observant of my surroundings and yes it has empowered me. And for most of the Dancers that I know, this holds true. It uplifts our mood and makes us happy. It gives us confidence and wings to fly.

When we are in that space, where is the place for negativity, hatred, arguments?
When we are in that space we envision a perfect society which upholds humanity as its only religion. We are all equal. We are all beautiful.

This feeling should not be contained. What we envision during our meditation should transcend to societies.

A message which is visual has more power. This is given. A child's first lessons are visual, that stay in his/her conscience forever. Right? So why not use the power of visualization to convey a message, to reform our society, to restore our faith in humanity?

Mallika Sarabhai, a dancer, choreographer and activist, has been using dance and performance arts to send a message. She has locked horns with the government on several occasions to give Arts its due. She beautifully explains here the Power of Art.

Long due, but our mainstream media is finally understanding this. I was pleased to see Zee TV come up with the fantastic idea to Dance it out for a Cause. Dance India Dance is one of the most popular and loved shows not just across India but across the globe too. Running into it's fourth season this year, they aim to convey a message - When Dance can be the answer to your problems, then why resort to violence? Why get angry, when you can Dance it out? Why get depressed, when you can Dance it out?




Isn't the thought and concept great!! And I got a taste of it all at the Dance India Dance IndiBlogger Meet this Wednesday! We got to shake a leg with the sauve Feroz Khan and the mast Mudassar Khan, for a cause that is close to our hearts. The stage saw brilliant bloggers donning their thinking caps and coming of their cocoons to simply Dance it Out for Education, Child Marriage, Value for Soldiers, Safer Delhi streets for Women, Girl Education, Female Foeticide and last but not the least Victims of Corporate Life.

Here's a peek into the power-packed evening...

Empowerment Walk on the song Aashayein
Signature move #Education #Empowerment
Value for Soldiers
Safer streets for Women - The Winners
Dance India Dance
Check out this link and register for which cause will you Dance it Out?  For more details hop on to their FB page.

I'll dance it out for Education  
Start from the root, nourish the shoot 
Teach young and old to worship 
not idols, superstitions 
but you...me, as one 
Love equally 
distinguish 
not, spread
Joy!

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A Nonet is a nine line poem, with the first line having 9 syllables. The second line containing 8 syllables, decreasing down to one syllable in the last line. The Nonet tutorial at Write Tribe was provided by the beautiful Preetilatha Sarkar of My White Window. She has a flair for words and has the ability to make you fall in love with words like 'Meraki'....'Saudade'...you aren't intrigued yet? Go peep through her window....now!

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35 comments:

  1. Dance like music and all forms of art is a perfect outlet to vent. Those who can dance know this as well as those that can write or those who paint and draw. I believe you are spot on that dance, as an art form, brings people and the world closer putting us all on the same level. ♥

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    1. Absolutely Kathy, any art form has this power! It is a language that all understand :)

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  2. Nice post Aditi...I missed the event :(

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    1. Thanks Sugandha! We will meet up soon...dun worry n then have our own lil jig! :)

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  3. Indeed Dance let you out your emotions and makes you feel calm..Believe Me even I dance a lot while cooking,bathing and many other times but not professionally.. :D

    The event looked to be great and I guess you had lots of Fun times shaking your Legs..BTW Where are you in the Photographs and did you learn any new steps?

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    1. Thanks Harsha...are you dancing right now ;) ya it feels good no? The meet up was great! I'm the one in black kurta :)

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  4. Kudos to your spirit and passion for dance and the new found talent for writing Adi!! Nice post on 'Dance it out for a Cause' and the two nonets are superb! :)

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  5. Dance is a beautiful creative outlet. In my younger days I loved to dance too. Loved your take on the prompt. Dancing is joy - Very nice.

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    1. Thanks a lot Suzy! You should keep dancing...age no bar! :)

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  6. I had come across this meet on indiblogger and how I wish I could attend it too. I am myself a trained classical kathak dancer and so many things you have written are resonated in my own heart..

    Richa

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    1. Oh Richa...one more thing in common...our love for dance :) I learnt Bharatnatyam when young, and for the past three years Jazz and Modern...it's a piece of me...Dance!

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  7. What a post Aditi. You have simply stolen my heart away. Loved both of the poems and you have beautifully crafted it as a take on DID meet up too. Keep penning more nonet poem. <3

    I can't dance, more so because of inhibitions and slightly due to the the way i have gained weight recently. but yes i have never danced my heart out except on two occasions. it was during a small office party and after the initial inhibitions i let myself loose and every damn body said that i danced really well. i would shamelessly brag that many of the colleagues wanted to dance with me. But that was the last time something like that happened. i don't think i can ever repeat that again. sigh! how i secretly want it to happen again.

    I missed the DID meet due to the timings. What a loss! More so because i missed meeting you. Is the girl in black suit, you?

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    1. And thanks for such a lovely mention. I am going all blush blush. <3

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    2. Pree thanks so much for the excellent tutorial! Without that this post wouldn't have been like this! You should never let anything inside...the one time in office... it can happen again! Just trust yourself....and you know sometimes we make such a big deal out of issues that are nothing! You look so lovely and lively and that will definitely show when you dance...it'll double!
      Ya, I'm the blackie :D hope to meet you soon! Will plan out no?

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  8. As usual, beautiful post Aditi. I wish I could discard my inhibitions and get some rhythm! You had tons of fun there at the meet, didnt you? Dance on...

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    1. Thank youuuu :) Yes dear, the meet was really great! And why the inhibitions, just dance it out!

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  9. Waaa - look at the no of things u managed to club in oost! BTW u the one in black kurthi?

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    1. Hehe thanks Mina! :) Ya I'm the one in black kurti!

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  10. Lovely post and I loved the pics and obviously it was fun to see you dance there on Aashayen.. Dance has the power to bring the change...

    manjulikapramod.com

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    1. It does Manjulika! The meet was indeed fun :)

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  11. Two Nonets??? I struggled with just one and finally gave up on it! :(

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    1. Jyoti you should try....it feels really good after completing...proud feeling :) even I struggled in the first one!

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  12. It's a wonderful post packed with various flavors...loved reading it

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  13. Dance is the hidden language of the soul. Glad that you all danced for a cause too! I can see that you all had such a great time! Wonderful expression through nonets too :)

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    1. It is Shilpa! The meet was indded fun :) Nonet was completely new to me...all thanks to Pres and WT for the intensive tut!

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  14. Wonderful initiative and a beautiful way of narration. Haven't seen the show, will watch it for sure.

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  15. What a cool idea! Yes, all art forms can be a channel for getting public service messages out! Seems like you love to dance, Aditi. Great pictures of you :)

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    1. Yes, Arts have a way into each of our lives don't they? :) thanks for the lovely comment!

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  16. Beautiful Nonet on dancing for a cause, Aditi:)

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  17. Check out mine on
    http://vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/nonet-music-and-comforting-notes

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