The Trance

6 09 2011

Latha and Uma are friends… they were in Uma’s house that afternoon and Uma was sitting with her canvas and brush.. there was nothing in particular that she wanted to paint.. so she was just making random strokes.. Latha was sitting on the Swing which was some few feet away from the canvas…

Uma: Latha.. Hey.. come here.. these strokes have come out roughly like a face. come sit here for a minute, I think i can enhance the features and make it look like a girl’s face.

Latha comes and sits beside the canvas and Uma continues with her brush. and after a few corrections, the sketch indeed looked like a face.. big expressive eyes, bold eyebrows to add.. Uma now proceeds to shape a bindhi on the forehead which is complemented with ebony black silky hair…

she loses herself in thoughts while sketching the bindhi.. and the sketch comes out to look like Shiva… Uma is startled.. theย turbulenceย in her heart is inexplicable.. she’s lost in love for Shiva.. but He is not aware.. or He is aware and does not show it.. Why does He do it..? why cant He accept me as his consort?

Then a loud round of applause breaks.. and only then I return to my senses… the dancer’s expressions had gripped me firmly and i was lost in a trance.. she made me experience the same feeling the nayika of the song was experiencing..

Mohamaana Yen Meedhil, nee indha velayil | modi seyyalamo yen Swami, nee metha ||
Naagariga-maana, thiru nagaril vaasare | Bhoga thyagesa, anubutham seyya vaa kitta ||

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7 responses

6 09 2011
Shrijeet Roy Choudhary

Loved the first part, its intriguing.. and I am guessing the last two lines refer to some Raaga/Song ?

(Pardon the Ignorant old me)

6 09 2011
SeethaLakshmi Ramachandran

@shrijeet: It is a song… A famous classical one.. popular in Bharathanatyam.

6 09 2011
Lavanya

Awesome……. the perfect imagination for the perfect varnam…. read Amish Tripathi’s Immortals of Meluha and the next sequel Secret of Nagas….. your creativity would just ebb

6 09 2011
Christy Gerald

Hi,this is my first-time here.Beautiully wriiten.Though I don’t understand the classical part,I cd not stop reading it since It was a well-narrative writing.

6 09 2011
SeethaLakshmi Ramachandran

@lavanya akka: thanku ๐Ÿ™‚ i’ve asked my aunt for the books ๐Ÿ™‚

@christy: thanks a tonne… read the other posts as well ๐Ÿ™‚

6 09 2011
Harish S Ram

who was the dancer? ๐Ÿ™‚ btw i am interested in seeing this song performed – plz pass on the info if you know of any1 doing in the future ๐Ÿ™‚

7 09 2011
SeethaLakshmi Ramachandran

@harish: done it many times myself man ๐Ÿ™‚ i’l letcha know if am performing this song again ๐Ÿ™‚

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