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DANCE - Quotes
23 Jul 2021
Rukmini Devi Arundale's views on sringara and bhakti and its interpretation in dance
You must remember, these songs – they were composed by divine
inspiration. You read the life of the composer and you will see –
they had actually Pratyaksha ...vision of Krishna and they saw
everything in a divine form and they put that into the music, into the
poetry. What we have to do is to interpret the same spirit, in our
movement but being purely physical, we have to convey it through
movement and through expression of the eyes and so on, and if you bring
it down to the level of the flesh, then, you are not keeping it at the
level at which the composer composed it and therefore we are not even
interpreting it in the right way, but it is wrong to say we should’nt
have sringara, because sringara is love, yes, and beauty and without
which, I think there will be hardly any dance at all.....
Bhakti and sringara must be one. You can’t separate that....
The delicate feeling... You have to lift yourself to a much higher
consciousness and become one with that spirit, then the movements
express that. It is not by your movement you express the
feeling. It is by your feeling, you express the movement.
Source: Excerpts from Rukmini Devi Arundale's Interview for Prof. Sudharani Raghupathi (recorded in 1981)
There is a huge divide in India between traditional dance and contemporary dance. Is this really necessary?
No, it's not, because what's contemporary today, if it stands the test
of time will become traditional to the next generations. The Kathak or
Bharatanatyam that we see today has evolved quite a lot from the days it
used to be danced in courts and temples. But to stand the test of time
any dance should have substance and a solid base.
- Kathak exponent, choreographer, dance guru Maya Rao ; Source: narthaki.com
“Do not stoop down to the taste of the masses, and instead elevate them through your art.”
- Natyacharya K. Muralidhar Rao ; Source: narthaki.com