On the shore – A Tanka

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On the shore – A Tanka

By Somali K Chakrabarti

Seagull

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Seagulls spread their wings

to surf on the beach, Sun peeps

through the curling waves

that roll over and break

on shore at start of the day

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© Somali K Chakrabarti, 2016

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Rain- A Haiku

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

rain

The first drops of rain,

earth sweetly smiles looking at 

the glum face of sky!

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Gestures

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

Kathakali

Jingling anklets

flicking fingers, shifting glance,

moving in tandem – 

sea of emotions in a

lavish spectacle of dance

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© Somali K Chakrabarti

 

Kathakali, the classical dance form of Kerala, originated in the 17th century, though the roots date back to 1500 years ago and lie in the ritual folk dances and dance dramas of Kerala.

Characterized by ornate makeup and fanciful costumes, the dance drama form blends dance, drama, mime and song to depict stories from Indian epics.

The body movements of Kathakali are influenced by Kalaripayattu, the early martial arts of Kerala.

In an excerpt from the novel ‘Arjun Without a Doubt‘ by Dr Sweety Shinde,  Arjuna, of Mahabharata, draws parallel between dance and martial arts.

‘I would never regard dancers with disdain; I now know what efforts and grueling hours went into excelling in it. Archery and dance, both required an equal amount of dedication and dexterity; timing and tempo; elegance and concentration. Both required rhythm and restraint. War-dance had its rhythm too. ‘

The dance form makes extensive use of  the facial gestures such as movement of the eyebrows,  eye-balls and the lower eye-lids than any other dance style. Performers enact the story using hand gestures, facial expressions and eye movements that capture a whole range of emotions.are used to convey the story and translate words into the visual language of dance.

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Conch- A Haiku

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

Conch

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tranquil sound of waves

lapping the shore within

the spiral of conch!

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Lure of Spice

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Lure of Spice

By Somali K Chakrabarti

Spices

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Scoops of bright spices

delight the taste buds, entice,

ensnaring men with

their aromas and flavors

The root of many a fights!

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Divinity – A Haiku

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Divinity – A Haiku

By Somali K Chakrabarti

Divinity

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Shining through the leaves

divinity ushers in

to touch the weeds!

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Roses and thorns – A Haiku

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Roses and thorns – A Haiku

By Somali K Chakrabarti

Rose bush

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Roses and thorns on

the bush, both regaling in

their contradiction!

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© Somali K Chakrabarti

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Synchronicity

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Synchronicity

By Somali K Chakrabarti

Synchronicity

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Chance patterns fall in order
vibes converse beyond words,
synchronous thoughts
raise the verve
expand
Whole
beyond the
Sum of its parts

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© Somali K Chakrabarti

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