Thursday, May 13, 2010

Shut Up and Dance? Really?

I am delighted to see that this article has been published in a blog. I wrote it almost two years ago and had forgotten about about it! Please click on the title to go to the blog.

12 comments:

Sudha Rangarajan said...

Here is an article you might like. I certainly did.

http://www.andrewtobias.com/newcolumns/000504.html

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Henri said...

I liked your blog post. I held my breath till the end to see whether you still love dancing...and I am glad that you do! Dance has been complicated by human beings, but in the end it is free...and you are right, it is upto us to reclaim it.

P.S. If you know any Kathak teachers in Chennai, PLS let me know.

Some of us speak in cliches. Some of us love. said...

Thanks, Sudha, for sharing that link! I really liked the article :)

Henri, thanks for reading and commenting. I will ask around about Kathak teachers in Chennai.

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Whimsical said...

hi there,

hats off to you for your undying passion and courage to stand your ground!

as a male dancer myself and a homosexual as well, I totally relate to what you have been thro' and/or your thoughts!

For my Bharatanatyam was never just another art form, it was more of a 'spiritual' offering of mine and a passion, something that binds my soul!!! when did art become so 'gender-specific'?! why cannot lasya,the personification of sri amba parvathi, being denied or rather not allowed to a 'greater extent' for the male dancers?! wasn't this dance one of the upacharas in the temples..

I really would love to dance Nacchiyar's Kavthuvam, Her Thirupavai pasurams, Varnams such as'Sakihye, intha jalam... '-but, this invisible wall forbids me... For me, its the richness of these songs, the 'pure and unconditional' bhakthi soaked lyrics that awe me and I want to relish that thro' me dancing the same and not just listening to them!!!

and I'm beyond happy that you broke those invisible walls, and danced for such songs!! hats off to ur gUru as well, for her encouragement!

sometimes, I wonder whether 'stepping-out' would make ppl, blame this divine art form for my queerness and If that is the case, then I would rather 'stay-in' then have my dear passion ,be denigrated for my preferences!
but maybe, one day, i too can find the courage to reclaim my passion, my dance in its fullest ensemble!

Once again, hats off to you!!!

Aravindan
(p.s- sorry for the rather long and winding comment!)