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Thursday, December 13, 2012

The only person standing in your way is you.


What are best memories of one’s life? What according to you are the moments that you want to hold on to till your last breathe?
For me the best things in life are when a baby’s heart beat is felt for the first time in the mother’s womb and the glow and emotions in father’s eyes. Actually everything a baby does for first time isn’t it very memorable and one will want to cherish it for life time? Just ask about your childhood stories and trust me your parents will have plenty of stories to tell about how you learnt to walk, how you learnt to eat.

And so according to me the best things in life is when you  break the barrier and learn to do something new which you thought you could never do. So something like that happened with me, I broke the self created barrier and flew so high for one time that it’s now the dearest experience which I will hold on to till my last breathe

Not that I have won noble or Oscar but yes I have won myself and so I wish to share with you all this little victory of mine over myself.
December is the month of events, our team started cruising through the events and victories from sports and cultural events were flowing in and now came the dance event. I was chosen by default as I am classical dancer and have performed on stage many times but then it was only me who knew what I was going through! Oh yes I am a very good dancer but alas in all my life I have never danced anything other than classical at the max I have performed Folk which still holds good with classical dancers. But then the song chosen was completely western and of course there is no classical in it and if I danced I would be dancing Western, salsa and Bollywood forms.

You think what’s the big deal, oh yeah yeah its completely big thing for a classical dancer to pick up this form and learn it in just few days to be performing in front of huge crowd. So there I was having inhibitions about my physic which I thought would never suit this form , My over Expression which flowed in from classical dancing for close to 2 decades which wont suit this form and biggest of all my inferiority…. There is a saying in Sanskrit which says you can defeat anybody else but to kill the enemy in you it needs lot of dedication. There I was in middle of complete chaotic mindset barbed in my thoughts and still in the dancing room waiting for my choreographer to walk in…

As I stood there doing my namaskara in classical form and getting ready to start salsa I wished I was thrown out of team as all I could imagine was people laughing at my SALSICAL !!! Trust me western dance form and classical expression is the biggest joke one can ever crack!!! I confessed this with everyone no matter what everywhere the answer I got was “just shutup and dance for the team”. That’s it I had got 50% of my confidence to stand for the team no matter what, But the other 50% which I thought was toughest came in so easily when my choreographer held my hand and told “Do it for the love of Dance”. Yes there I was trying to do my first Salsa step with the new dance team and with 100% confidence of the love I had for dancing…

One of the greatest choreographer, George Balanchine rightly said “Dancers are instruments, like a piano the choreographer plays.” And our choreographers, a handsome man Akshay and pretty lady Divya had played the best music out of us and there we were on the day of competition jumping at the victory of our team for which I was one of the dancers!!!!

I had just broken all the barriers I had about my looks, my influence of other dance form and there I was just dancing, dancing my heart out. Trust me friends its only passion you need to do anything, If you have left anything undone because of your inhibitions break free start it today you will learn it soon all you need is PASSION and BELIEF!

Now I truly understand what BLACK SWAN movie wanted to convey….


To dance is to be out of yourself.  Larger, more beautiful, more powerful.  ~Agnes De Mille

27 comments:

Bikramjit said...

hmmm i can understand going from classical to modern can be a struggle of ethos etc .. but you pick the moves quiet easy i think .. or am i wrong as your body is used to some sort of dance

Now If I try doing it there would be a BIG hole on the Floor .. or someone would have a broken bone around me ..


he he he he

Bikram's

Found In Folsom said...

I always thought, if you know one form of dance all the others are very easy to do. Especially if you know classical forms of dances, then doing western would be easy. But doesn't look like that..my sis learnt Kuchipudi when she was a kid and is learning Bharatanatyam now. But she learnt Salsa also pretty well and she dances just about anything..:)so, congratulations to you for coming out of the barrier..

Ramya said...

Hello Bikram :)
Yeah you got my struggle, but then the struggle was just in my mind which I battled it out eventually :) so take that thought from your mind and break free :D do dance as much as you can,And I am sure people from Punjab are the most energetic people so :) and rejoice dancing :) so cant believe you are setting back from dancing :D

Ramya said...

@FIF: Hey yes as u said it was pretty easy but the enemy in my head was just not letting me do anything and this was how I battled it out! :) And Yes dancing is rejuvenation be it any form :) all you want is passion and love towards it :D

Thanks a lot :) FIF

Ramya said...

@FIF: Hey yes as u said it was pretty easy but the enemy in my head was just not letting me do anything and this was how I battled it out! :) And Yes dancing is rejuvenation be it any form :) all you want is passion and love towards it :D

Thanks a lot :) FIF

Rahul Bhatia said...

Ramya... it was so good to read the way a determined classical dancer in you broke all the barriers. Inhibitions and self imposed barriers are the only things that come in the way:) Enjoy your success now!!

QA Engineer said...

Usually.. Life gives you the experience first and teaches the lesson next but this episode is more endearing because you learn the lesson first and then appreciate the value of this lesson by the experience of it.. and hence the result will always be worth-it and it will have the pass stamp on it : )
Good post!!

Ganesh Puttu said...

congrats....happy to welcome you to the salsa club....i went through pretty much the same sequence a few years ago..from classical (in childhood) to latin dances (sals/bacagta) to finally hip hop..and beleive me, every dance style is like starting to learn from ABCD...despite what people say, the only dance which comes easily to us is the bedroom doors locked/lights switched off, loud music and gay abandon dance..to do all the other forms we need to show dedication, interest and real love...i am so happy you go to show off your stuff on stage..keep dancing ramya...

SuKupedia ™ :) :) said...

My passion for dance arises only after 2 martinis so that leaves me unqualified to comment on classical or modern dance :D :D...but i totally agree with what you have said about confidence & letting urself out of your way...& Black Swan that is a such an inspiring movie....totally suits ur post...

santhu said...

Congrats!!... for not winning the prize, But for winning against yourself:)

Valay said...

When categorization factor is nil for any kind of talent, person always enjoys it in either of the way. :)

Very nicely written Ramya..

Kappu said...

Love this gurl!!! ;) I know how much we go through when something is expected of us and when that something is not our forte!! ;)

I bet there is not gonna be any salsical stuff, I bet the showz a rocker one that!

//There is a saying in Sanskrit which says you can defeat anybody else but to kill the enemy in you it needs lot of dedication. //

What a beauty @^! Everything that we need to know lies in these sentences!

Raj said...

Again such a beautiful and inspiring post. First of all.. congratulations to the big win. :) Am so happy for you.

But then you have brought out the struggle you went through despite being an awesome dancer and the way you conquered your fear and dilemma and emerged victorious. It was such a beautiful thing. The love and passion for something that is so close to our heart is indeed so powerful that it gives us the strength to come out victorious despite all the struggles. :)

So.. now.. where is the party for the win? ;)

Ramya said...

What a fantastic comments I have got for this post, Sometimes this happens comments are more beautiful than the post :) this is one like that

here is my reply to all of you :D

@Rahul sir: you almost got daily updates on what was happening :D and yes The success of breaking the self imposed barriers makes us really happy :D and yes I am rejoicing it :D, Thanks a lot

Ramya said...

@QA Engineer: Thanks a lot buddy, oh yes this episode has a fantastic lesson and experience both :) so I will cherish this forever.
Thanks a lot :D

@Santhu: Thanks a lot :)

@SuKu: hahaha yeah dancing in any form is good :D its all about enjoying. Yeah post all this I started valuing that movie more! :D thanks dear

Ramya said...

@Ganesh Puttu: Wow you exactly got the situation I was in. Also I am very surprised to know that you have tried to learn so many forms thats superb! Hope you are continuing to perform or practice them.
Yeah finally I came out from the nutshell and have tried a new form now will try hard to learn it more :D
Thanks a lot it was very encouraging comment :)

Ramya said...

@Valay: yeah true! the categorization of talent is actually not right! I get that! :) Boundlessness is what required. Thanks a lot Valay its a nice insight

@Kappu: Thanks a lot Dear Kappu, Yeah the enemy in us is just too difficult to be destroyed :) it applies to so many things like habits, laziness etc :)
And yes when the passion was worshiped :) success was our way :)

Ramya said...

@Raj: love and passion for something that is so close to our heart.. Yes very true thats exactly what we need to find something that we love and have passion and nurture it and if thats done we come breakfree and fly high :)
Thanks a lot for all your best wishes. and Happy that you liked this post :D

Binu Thomas said...

And that's a check in your to-do list! (even if you didnt have western as part of the list). The self created barrier is off now! The hard work is done, time for success to enter :)

PS: Black Swan was awesome!

Prashanth said...

ಆತ್ಮವಿಶ್ವಾಸವಿದ್ದರೆ ಅಸಾಧ್ಯವಾದುದನ್ನು ಸುಲಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಾಧಿಸಬಹುದೆಂಬುದಕ್ಕೆ ನೀವೇ ಸೂಕ್ತ ಉದಾಹರಣೆ. ಎಲ್ಲಕ್ಕಿಂದ ಮುಖ್ಯವಾಗಿ, ಕಲೆಯ ಬಗೆಗಿನ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಪ್ರೀತಿ ಮೆಚ್ಚುವಂಥದ್ದು! ನೀವು ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿದ ನೃತ್ಯದ ಚಿತ್ರೀಕರಣದ ತುಣುಕುಗಳಿದ್ದರೆ ದಯವಿಟ್ಟು ನಮ್ಮೊಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಹಂಚಿಕೊಳ್ಳಿ.

ಶುಭ ಹಾರೈಕೆಗಳು :o)

Ashwini C N said...

True. To each his own. Our achievement might not seem a big deal to others but it means a lot to us. There lies the difference, in feeling happy :-)

Manjulika pramod said...

Wow.. Such a lovely and inspiring post. Its true we are our own obstacles in the way of progress.
I am sure you rocked in your salsical... classical to salsa.. must have required efforts and I am sure u faced it all well..

kala said...

Ftrst time here all I can say is very well said n totally enjoyed reading the post

Ramya said...

@Binu: Thanks a lot for those encouraging words :D yeah its a tick in my Bucket list :D and yeah I am happy about the barriers broken and the success gained!

@Prashanth: houdu Athma vishwasa ne yeladakinta doddadu :) adu innu strong agbekidre nimmanta sahrudayigallu encouragement mukhya and thanks for all that.
Sure vide nimge mail madthini sometime soon.

Ramya said...

@Ashwini: Yes dear, Life is happy when u see the success in little things :) and so did I. Happy that the post made u feel happy!

@Manjulika: Yeah it took lot of my strength and guts to perform it but more than this it took lot of encouragement from loved ones which got the success. Thanks a lot and happy that you liked the post

Ramya said...

@Kala: Welcome to Chittrana :)
Very happy that you liked the post.
Please coming back and keep encouraging

Prashanth said...

That's great to hear Ramya, hope you break many more barriers in future. Loved the word, SALSICAL...hehehehe..:)

If you have added a pic of your dance in addition to the Black Swan pic, it would have been great...Cheers...:)