Last week was a bit hectic at work, and I needed some good time to unwind. The closest one, I explored for a weekend getaway was Nrityagram – a place I had been longing to visit. It was a beautiful Saturday morning and there could not have been a better day to venture out…
Far off from the hazards of city life, the gram(a village) is clearly architected in nature’s lap. When you reach the spot, all you feel is the quiet, serene environment that has such a rustic and earthen feel to it. You get immersed and actually forget everything else. It’s spell-binding.
Lots of greenery enshrouded the place, and the sculpted bodies adorned the institution beautifully.
The low lying bright colored, thick clusters of bougainvillea welcomed me with open arms at Gurukul – an age old methodology of seeking knowledge and experience…something, that’s slowly losing its charm in the quest of modern civilization.
I enjoyed spending my time there, feeling the subtle breeze, listening to the soft rustling of leaves, and the birds which twittered in glee!
The amphitheater, leads to the memorial where Protima’s painting was dedicated.
I was mesmerized to hear, when one of the senior artistes was briefing about the 2000 year old (approx) Odissi dance, how their dance movements and expressions were inspired from the sculptures. When I actually saw her performing, it was as if someone had literally filled in life in a sculpted body – she was so perfect in her moves, and coordinated just rightly with her expressions and body movements. Flawless and graceful.
This is the place which leads to the dance practice floor, and also the area where the students live. One of the doors that you see in the image leads to one of the senior most Odissi artiste’s home. I was privileged to see her teaching the students with such patience level.
Photography was prohibited during the practice sessions. I was lucky to have interacted with the stalwarts of Odissi dance – Bijayini Satpathy & Surupa Sen, who humbly shared certain nuances of the age-old dance form. They have sacrificed a lot to passionately pursue their aim in life. Their will power and strength were awe-inspiring.
Honestly, I felt like dancing at the stage above…immediately the moment I had set in my foot there… It’s so magnificent.
These tiny sculptures lay still at the garden area…forming the essence of ancient art and cultural living.
The gurukul’s vegetable garden at the backyard. The residents are supposed to lead a life in a true gurukul style, hence they tend to gardens, do their own chores and practice dance.
Tiny flowers bloomed gently as the fresh air tickled them softly. Poignant, mystic and strangely calming – this place has more to offer, but only if you are an enthusiast of nature, fine arts and culture. I did manage to take pictures, to chronicle them but the degree of tranquility is something I could not record it. I will visit the place again soon…
Honestly, from a very very long time I have been looking for a nice, handmade, wooden holder – where I can hang my ear-rings…so that I do not have to literally rummage through the whole lot… especially during those busy morning hours to find the matching pair to go with my dress. Heck! I never found one. Tried online stores too. But, alas! Eventually, I decided to create one. And, I am quite happy with the results. 🙂
For this one, I have used the wooden frames that we get in the stores for embroidery. Then placed the plastic jute mesh, and embellished it with some thermocol balls and wired it with spare paper rose flowers towards the edges. Oh, and I had a spare anklet that I have tied to hang in against the wall. Yes, it’s that simple 🙂
Ok, for this one I have used an old picture frame and simply tucked in the plastic jute mesh 🙂
Please tell me if you liked it and also, share your DIY projects.. Am on a spree…to make crafts and I am really enjoying it. Did I tell you, I have a fetish for hand crafted goods. I buy lots of them but nothing pleases more than making one.. I guess.
The train screeched to a halt, early in the morning. I rushed and sprang up; while I ran my fingers through the dishevelled hair and tied it into a knot. I was half-asleep when I pulled my baggage out, and a gentleman helped me open the door, seeing both my hands were full. I politely thanked him and got off the compartment. Breathed in the air, that was fresh and pure…and misty. Morning air always cheers me up, no matter what. Heard the sparrows twitter almost close to my ears, I couldn’t help…but smile. The sky was clear and blue, as if…rinsed with heavy rainfall; the previous night. I walked over the platform pleased and burdened with my heavy bags. I could hear the noisy traffic outside…amidst auto walah’s who scratched and grinned and continued to pester asking… Madam, where to go? I plainly ignored, and basked in the glory of arriving at my destination.
There’s something special, yet distinctly uncanny that pulls me back to this city…this time for a little longer period though. A city that has an unpredictable; yet lovely weather. A city that has managed to retain some of its huge, gigantic trees and greenery. A city, where a few of my closest friends live. A city, that offers tremendous opportunities to hone my skills, and a city with lots of excitement, madness and joy.
Take a guess…which city? 😉 In the meanwhile, let me discover what’s the special thing about this city that has a magnetic effect on me.
that has kept me occupied since last week! Plays, get-togethers, Children’s day competition at our NGO, Cooking…etc!
Alyque Padamsee & Sabira Merchant after their brilliant performance in “The Game“. The act was absolutely flawless.
Naseeruddin Shah, Ratna Pathak, Benjamin Gilani, Akash Khurana & others in “Antigone” – A Greek tragic play. It was my life’s best experience to watch such legendary actors perform live on stage. Naseer was marvellous, so natural.
Children’s Day at Safa(www.safaindia.org). All hidden talents were discovered during this drawing competetion. (Look at their winning smile 🙂 …They all were fabulous and so creative!
Made some kachoris stuffed with green peas, Alu dum, Daal fry and kheer with nuts and jaggery for dinner.
And, further…am off to Jaipur for a Dance & Music festival o’er this weekend!! 🙂
A sudden creative bend, a drive to do, learn all that I possibly can. Time seems to fly and I feel, am losing on time. There’s so much to explore, so much more to accomplish. I have always loved to love new challenges, excitement, and experiences in life. I remember having dabbled myself in Salsa Class once, Theatre Workshop, Aerobics, Yoga Classes etc. Now I want to learn Indian Classical Dance. I personally admire all its forms, especially Kathhak. It’s so expressive and beautiful.
Piano Lessons, Photography Workshop, Baking Classes, are a few that tops my list now.