Monday, August 29, 2022




To the above photo ,i am tempted to add lines from  a beautiful Gazal   of Kashmiri poet Ghulam Ahmed Mehjoor .. 

"Me chooni Sombaraavi khoone Dil che
Rachhaan roozis ba raet- raatas
Halam sambalith nishaan baapath
Timai tche naalas jarai ha laalo
.........Malaala  travith tse saala yikh
          ba maala poshan karai ha laalo..."

( Love ! , All along the night , 
 I did collect   and save  the 
 pearls from the agony of my heart .
Holding them in the safety of my hem,
a token of my love ,
I wait to decorate   them around your neck , my Love ! 
Forget the grievance,
Come for the  feast ,
Here I make flower garlands for you , my Love!) 

Dance  breaks language barriers and opens the doors for communication across cultures. Be it salsa,  hip-hop, ballroom, jazz, ballet, flamenco, Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Kathakali, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Mohinattyam, Odissi or any other form ,  music remains its most important component . It is rare for dance of any kind—social, theatrical, or religious—to develop without musical accompaniment.If dance is the body, music is its soul . It is equally true vice versa.

We may speak different  languages, we may live at different places on this planet, we can easily find a common ground through dance . Dance creates  collaboration  and trust . It breaks barriers in a way that is difficult to  describe yet so easy to feel. It is  the hope of humanity that can't  be taken away .

Dancers are universal  story tellers and dance is the universal expression of joy, love ,bonding ,sympathy and longing. For many , it is the most powerful communication with known and unknown of this mysterious universe. It is a language that connects individual with his surroundings  and ultimately the humanity at large. 

In Manhattan, NewYork , i saw a Jewish family celebrating birthday of a child  and dancing together on Bumbro Bumbro,  a song of Nadim for which  Mohan Lal Aima created a tune listening to which none can resist getting up and dancing with its   tempo . I saw the  Latin Americans dancing on Bhangra steps.

( Avtar Mota)

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