The Ideal Dancer: Kalidasa (Post No.2724)

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Written by london swaminathan

Date: 14 April, 2016

 

Post No. 2724

 

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_Vyjayanthimala (10)

“Her eyes are large and lustrous; her face makes the autumn pale with envy; her arms slope away gracefully from her shoulders; her toes are finely moulded and prominent; she is in short the brightest creation of a Divine Artist, in the golden hours of his imagination.

 

“her motions are free and flowing; her hands and feet keep time most accurately; her action is light, easy and natural; she expresses the unspoken  workings of her heart through her limbs that seem to have sentiments imprinted upon them, as it were. She loses herself in the character and its emotions. She represents them so skilfully as to deceive us into the conviction that she pours out her own heart and its workings. The beholders are, for the time, taken out of themselves and live and move and feel with her and follow her joys and griefs, her hopes and aspirations, her despair and darkness”.

Malavikagnimitra (2-6) by Poet Kalidasa

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Dance of Shiva- Symbolism in Dance

“The story is given in the Koyil Purana, and is familiar to all the Saivites. Siva appeared in disguise amongst a congregation of ten thousand stages and in the course of disputation, confuted them and so angered them, thereby, that they endeavoured by  incantations to destroy Him. A fierce tiger was created in sacrificial flames and rushed upon Him, but smiling gently, He seized it with His sacred hands, and with the nail of His little finger stripped off its skin, which he wrapped about as it had been a silken cloth. Undiscouraged by failure, the sages renewed their offerings, and there was produced a monstrous serpent, which he seized and wreathed about his neck.  Then he began to dance; but there rushed upon him a last monster in the shape of a dwarf. Upon him the god pressed the tip of his foot, and broke the creature’s back, so that it writhed upon the ground; and so his last foe prostrate, Siva resumed the dance of which the gods were the witnesses.

 

One interpretation of this legend explains that he wraps about him as a garment, the tiger fury of human passion; the guile and malice of mankind.  He wears a necklace, and beneath his feet is for ever crushed the embodiment of evil

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More characteristic is the thought of symbolism, in terms of the marvellous grace and rhythm of Indian dancing, the effortless ease with which the god in his grace supports the cosmos; it is his sport.  The five acts of creation, preservation, destruction, embodiment and gracious release are his ceaseless mystic dance.  In sacred Tillai, the ‘New Jerusalem’, the dance shall be revealed; and Tillai is the very centre of the universe, that is, his dance is within the cosmos and the soul”.

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–Ananda Coomaraswamy