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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Takka Dhimi Takka Janum


I am told that I was 3yrs old when I used to dance when my grandfather’s melodiously sings for me as “Mella Mellane bandane Gopamma kelle” a very cute toddler song describing Lord Krishna’s pranks. Little did I know that this dancing of mine was being considered seriously by my parents and grandfather!
So as soon as I was 4 I was put in a dancing school “Raagashree Nrityalayam”. And that’s when I started dancing my way. It dint take long for me to start enjoying the grace of dancing. As my master started teaching me mudras, taalas my interest grew deeper and I was totally drenched in the beauty of dancing. My learning of dance, practicing for stage performance, coordinating the events, practicing for dance exam was all huge part of mine and my parent’s life. Until one day I decided to choose studies as priority over dancing.

And so today no more dance classes, no more rehearsals, no more stage performances but often I am left with a huge question to answer and that is whether those 15yrs of my life spent mostly thinking about dancing and learning to dance was of no use? Was it all a total waste of time? I mostly blink and smile at this question and refuse to tell how I feel about it and that’s because I just cannot explain what a magic those 15yrs has on rest of my life.

Learning a bit of dancing in those 15yrs has given me opportunity now to perform some small shows and every time I dance I realize that dance has a huge impact on my life. It’s not exaggeration if I say dancing transforms me into a whole new person. I am a person who is a bit low on confidence but then the moment I am on stage I transform into a beautiful lover of lord Krishna, I proudly express the ego of possessing Krishna, I manage to show that attitude, I manage to express that want, I manage to enact the pain of betrayal and so I mange to forget the person who I am in real world. And again I realize these few moments of skip from real world which dance has managed to give me are really priceless. And trust me even that small stint in dancing has added magic in my real world too. Dance has taught me to manage my expression, hide my pain, show that sparkle of happiness in my eyes, express my love, and so I am very expressive, because of all those managing events I know how to mingle with people around and appreciate the effort which goes into small things in making a huge event successful and So those 15yrs has major influence in shaping my views.  

it really doesn’t matter if you don’t master the art but what really matters is what you get out of the little learning . So pursue those and life seems very beautiful when you get a chance to do those things you love and even more beautiful when you sit back and remember those things.

I am dragged back from these thoughts as the announcement of my name is done and at the recital of “Takka Dhimi Takka Janum” here I go again to perform a small show for the audience who fondly accept my mistakes and encourage me.

23 comments:

KParthasarathi said...

I like your attitude. Learning the art for art's sake and reaching a certain level is in itself a reward and joy. Not all need to be maestros. It is enough if one derives happiness in what one does. It is the same for any performing art be it painting, singing or discourses.
But dance adds certain grace and elegance to the personality, enables one to express with their eyes and hands without speaking. If it can be shared with tiny toddlers, there is nothing like that to give pleasure.

icyHighs said...

Hope the performance went well. Agreed, art is more about the experience than actually mastering it.

Himadri Singha said...

Nicely composed. But I must say there is no age, no particular time to embrace your passion (it is. right!). So keep dancing :)

Maliny, said...

Your story is similar to mine Ramya. My mother was so particular that i learn dance right from a very young age. And yes, by 9th std i had to wrap it up. But the passion is still strong, though i am not that lucky as you to still perform. Good for you! nice photos too :)

Sri Valli said...

Loved the way you described your love for dancing through this post. When we get involved in any art we love, we forget the rest of the world! It gives lot of peace and satisfaction :)

Ramya said...

@KP: Thanks a lot for those kind words KP :), Yeah very true finding happiness in things we do is what matters :D.
Yes dance adds grace into life and it certainly influences the way we treat the music. Music or a song is all full of words and expression to one who loves dancing :) such is the impact of dancing :)

Ramya said...

@icyHighs: Thanks Tharun, Welcome to Chittrana :). Yes the little performances i do :D have gone well so far :D. well said Art is more about the Experiencing. :)

@Himadri Singha: Thanks :D yes will try to keep dancing :D

Ramya said...

@Maliny: Hey yeah :D as I was going through your profile I got to know that we share our passion for dancing :D
I only perform at my workplace and at family get together's dear :D and for that:D you need not be lucky ;) all u have to do is organize an event urself and dance your way :D
Thanks for all these nice words :D

Ramya said...

@Sri Valli: thanks this is the least I could try to do to put my passion in to words :D yes when we get involved in art form we totally forget ourselves and the world around us :D and thats exactly is the purpose of me dancing :)

Rahul Bhatia said...

Ah! what a delightful post on the love and passion for dancing and engaging in Raas Leela with Krishna! A true modern day Radha whose penchant for dance has transformed the personality of those around her! Hope you attain the heights of Vyjayanthimala, Hema Malini or Madhuri Dixit someday, for us to boast of knowing you:)

Ramya said...

@Rahul sir: Thanks a lot :D for all those nice words :D and that exactly what I have written :D that I will never be like MD, HM impossible :D but then I am happy with that I know little now :D you can still boast about me if u want to ;)

S. Anupam said...

Very Inspiring!!!

Tomichan Matheikal said...

All the best for your show.

Ramya said...

@Anupam: Thanks a lot :) welcome to Chittrana :)


@Tomichan: Thanks a lot :D

Anil Sawan said...

Good one Ramya! Ive grown up seeing my sister learn Dance! I lve watching bharathanatyam and mohiniyatom - two forms she learned :)

hope to attend your stage show one day :)

Ramya said...

@Anil: Thank you :D, yeah sure will invite you if I perform anywhere :D
And I am sure you will be very informed about these 2 dance forms more than anyone :D

Nuthan said...

Lovley post Ramya.. you have set a very good example. This post of yours shows us the way we have to see Art in it's purest form and the way we have to objectively appreciate the benefits of it from all dimensions.. like you have done...
Everyone has to look any form of art, hobby, interests and even culture in this way!.. understanding and appreciating the importance of it and the beauty of it.
And importantly all praise will have to go to ur Grand-Dad and ur Parents for nourishing ur interest and making you join the class at the age of 4; without taking it lightly like many parents of that generation would do.

Prashanth said...

Now that's called a passionate post that touches everyone's heart and makes us think, "Are we missing something beautiful, something that makes us really happy" Tumba santosha aithu Ramya...:)

You have rightly said, "it really doesn’t matter if you don’t master the art but what really matters is what you get out of the little learning". Ee line na engrave maadi dina oda beku...:) Trust me this line is epic...:) Next time meet mad daga, autograph kodthira thane...;) I hope & wish that you get many more opportunities to express yourself...God bless you..:)

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Ramya said...

@Nuthan: you rightly said :D yeah all thanks to my grand dad that because of him :D i am able to perform this little atleast today :D
yeah art is like worshiping, we just do your bit :D for our satisfaction and we never can master it:D
Thanks a lot your comments make me feel good about my posts thank a lot Nuthan.

Ramya said...

@Prashanth: First of all thanks alot for that wonderful message you made my day and yet again you took time to put this very nice comment thanks for that also. I am very happy that a line nimge ashtu ishta aythu anta :D

Thanks again for encouraging all my passion and madness :D

Nuthan said...

@Ramya - Thank you. Ur blog is vibrant and touching and am happy too. Thank you.

Binu Thomas said...

Dancing is an art! And unfortunately, I am pathetic when it comes to dancing. I am not saying this Ramya.. Most of my friends have given me this feedback. But yes, they also said, they enjoy the moment when I am dancing :P Hehe..

By the way, I was in Bangalore for 2 days.. too busy with family functions.. Next time when I am in Kerala, I will ensure you are disturbed! :D