Jewel of the Night

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

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A canoe set sail
in the middle of the night
The boy saw a jewel
hanging from the sky
When wind pushed the boat
to the beat of waves
The jewel slid down
and rested at the edge
The boy thus tempted,
cast his net and hook
Little did he know
that the moon was a crook
Beckoning him with a smile,
The moon lit the sea
As fast as he could,
the boy sailed forth in his reverie
“Come up here,” he heard the moon say
But the horizon, forever
held him at bay
For a long time,  moon kept up the play
then it dipped into the sea
…and quietly slipped away

© Somali K Chakrabarti, 2016

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I am my own Hero

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I am my own Hero

By Somali K Chakrabarti

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No means No,’ the message has been conveyed sharply and clearly in the movie ‘Pink’. Thankfully this time it has caught the fancy of viewers. The theme of gender and consent has often remained ambiguous or has been construed differently by different people, though lately we see that the message is being sent out and reinforced through plays, street art, and movies.

The above picture is of a mural at a Railway station in Chennai on the theme of Gender and Consent. Here’s is a poem based on it.

 

She emerges
from a jasmine sea
the lovely, lissome Padmini
and captivates the spunky Shivaji;
— they are the golden pair
of Tamil cinema of the yesteryear
She is dressed in vines and petals
He, in the dazzling warrior gear,
Perceiving a petite maiden,
he moves ahead to save
the damsel in distress
Into his strong arms,
he must, must
sweep her away…
With a gentle gesture of hand,
she shoves him and there she stays
Looking at him in his eyes,
she gives an assuring smile
‘I am my own hero,’
Ms Padmini says.

© Somali K Chakrabarti, 2016

 

 

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Puffin – The clown of sea

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Puffin – The clown of sea

By Somali K Chakrabarti

Puffin

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Inspired by the post SALTEE ISLAND: BIG ADVENTURE 2016 by IneseMj and a poem by Poet Rummager

 

A dash of red, orange rosette

A painted bill, matching webbed feet

The swimmer skilfully rides the waves 

In a tuxedo coat, it dives for the fish 

A sea parrot, or a clown of sea? 

The Puffin flies with swift wing beats!!

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© Somali K Chakrabarti, 2016

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Collapse

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

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On a pitch dark night
From far, a mechanic spots
Speeding buses, disappearing lights.
The raging river washes away
Chunks of an old river bridge
On the highway;
He raises an alarm-
Next day, the accident, lost lives
become a part of the news print.
A freak  incident  –
Or may be an audit lapse;
A failure to foretell the imminent collapse
of a decrepit bridge in heavy rains!
Individual valour saved many a lives
where a part of the system took a nosedive!

 

 

© Somali K Chakrabarti

 

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Set Sail

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Set Sail

By Somali K Chakrabarti

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A lull after storm
in a turbulent sea
redolent of a wily conspiracy –
Stuck in a land of desolation
within a cavernous space,
holding their breath
they wait for tempest to abate
Choppy waters must come to rest –
before the vessel takes off
and sets the sails

 

© Somali K Chakrabarti, 2016

 

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Panhala

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

Panhala

Mist floating by

the land merges with the sky

acres of green –

spread in a valley of dreams

on a spur of Sahayadri hills

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© Somali K Chakrabarti, 2016

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Lake District

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

Lake district, Cumbria

Beneath a dewy sky

quietly the lake flows by

beside the rolling hills; 

– over sprawling green meadows

light and mist play hide and seek

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© Somali K Chakrabarti, 2016

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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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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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