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Dance: Poetry in motion.

Posted On: Thursday, November 6th, 2008
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Author: ಮನೋರಮಾ. ಬಿ.ಎನ್


-Veronica Stivala

India’s top dancer Vyjayanthi Kashi believes dance is like poetry. “Just as when you’re fluent with your grammar, you make poetry instead of words,” she says. “Dance is something so natural to me that it becomes my poetry, my breath. I’m in love with it.”

Que: Have you noticed any difference between past and present  Dance tradition?
Ans: ..Yes, Things have changed nowadays: in the past people used to dance all night. Of course, people don’t have the time or the lifestyle to be able to do that. So now even though dances last less, I am still trying to give it my best…
Dance is a way of life. Now life is constantly changing. So dance changes with it. Art should not stagnate, it should relate to every person With dance there must be an equal balance between tradition and contemporary life, without losing its aesthetics..

Que: Is dance innate to every Indian?
Ans: Dance is the birthright of every human being,” Kashi points out. “However, very few believe in their body’s rhythm. In India, many don’t have confidence in themselves.People feel that the best way to stay in touch with culture is with the arts – this is deeply rooted in nature.In India, music and dance are considered to be the sacred offerings to the Gods.

Que: What’s Your  main objective ?
Ans:To bring India to the audience, to make people want to visit my homeland. Through dance I am sharing my heart. This heart belongs to India.

Even  Indian classical music is very spiritual and divine. It has a basic structure within which the musicians play their own “feelings”. ”Music comes from very deep inside, Through music we want to bring across a message of love, peace and harmony.

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