Archives for category: Art

Madhumalti ~ it’s delicate blossoms merrily droop like bejewelled, bashful brides. Their heady perfume inspires poetry, inspires lyrics, inspires movement, inspires this breath. There is a beautiful crescent moon on the rise in the summer night sky.

Chelliandi Amman Temple, Bhavani, Tamil Nadu, India

Summer pleasures!

Slipping on, beautiful, raw, fragrant, 

green, organic, henna mocassins,

on to a baking hot, brown skin…


Summer pleasures!

Cooling down amidst heady, 

exotic fragrances of moist,

crushed, tender green, henna leaves 

from my garden wanderings! 

A RECITAL SPACE FOR THE CLASSICAL ARTS

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Hidden in the center of an ancient mystical banyan grove is a sacred Nrithya Mandappam. Arriving through the thicket of trees and vines, two ornate wooden pillars with jasmine and marigold flowers, flank the mandappam entrance. A sensuous sandalwood fragrance fills the air. The faint strum of the tanpura drops all in a state of trance. A light breeze weaves in and out of the room making the orange flames from the glowing oil lamps dance coyly. A deep violet blue hue radiates out of the Pooja room, on the opposite side of which seat the musicians in a dark crimson enclave. A pool of yellowish golden light awaits to celebrate the temple dancer. The rasikas witnessing this evenings recital are already seated in the deep red shadow opposite this glowing yellow light. A buzz of excitement enlivens the air. Veiled inside this healing greenery, everyone awaits prayerfully to be transported into the ethereal world of music, dance inside a meditative silence …