By Somali K Chakrabarti Image Source Churning the ocean In a bid to separate the black from the white — reveal the hidden demons in a million shades of grey!!
By Somali K Chakrabarti Image Source 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 . © Somali K Chakrabarti, 2016
By Somali K Chakrabarti Jingling anklets flicking fingers, shifting glance, moving in tandem – sea of emotions in a lavish spectacle of dance . © 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…
By Somali K Chakrabarti Image Source Scoops of bright spices delight the taste buds, entice, ensnaring men with their aromas and flavors The root of many a fights! . © Somali K Chakrabarti
By Somali K Chakrabarti Curved antlers, round spots shine bright on the velvet skin, The delicate doe nibbles in the meadow at smallest sound ready to spring! . © Somali K Chakrabarti
By Somali K Chakrabarti Image Source Delicate dew drops- soft pearls set on emerald, A bejeweled leaf; They mingle not, yet in seamless harmony, the two exist! . © Somali K Chakrabarti
By Somali K Chakrabarti Image Source Murmuration of starlings rising in unison twisting and turning in incredible patterns; Balletic coordination! © Somali K Chakrabarti
By Somali K Chakrabarti Image Source A silhouette shines in the Moonlight, a hoot pierces the silence of night spreading out its wings and claws the snowy raptor takes a flight! © Somali K Chakrabarti
By Somali K Chakrabarti Image Source On waves of molten gold, near the sea shore she stands stretching out her arms garnering riches on her palm, the gilded rays of sun! © Somali K Chakrabarti
By Somali K Chakrabarti Image Source Sprightly steps taking off the ground, splashing mud, Stretch and sprint, Smile beaming on the face! Leaping hurdles, firm in faith The runner’s spirit soars on wings!!