Churning Of The Ocean – A Tanka

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

ChurningThe Ocean

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Churning the ocean
In a bid to separate
the black from the white —
reveal the hidden demons
in a million shades of grey!!

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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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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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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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© Somali K Chakrabarti

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Spotted Deer – A Tanka

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Spotted Deer – A Tanka

By Somali K Chakrabarti

Spotted Deer

Curved antlers, round spots

shine bright on the velvet skin,

The delicate doe 

nibbles in the meadow at

smallest sound ready to spring!

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© Somali K Chakrabarti

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Dew Drops

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Dew Drops

By Somali K Chakrabarti

Dew Drops

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Delicate dew drops-

soft pearls set on emerald,

A bejeweled leaf;

They mingle not, yet in seamless 

harmony, the two exist!

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© Somali K Chakrabarti

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Murmuration

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Murmuration

By Somali K Chakrabarti

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Murmuration of 

starlings rising in unison

twisting and turning

in incredible patterns;

Balletic coordination!

© Somali K Chakrabarti

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Raptor

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

Barn owl

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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

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Molten gold

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Molten gold

By Somali K Chakrabarti

MoltenGold

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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

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Sprint

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Sprint

By Somali K Chakrabarti

Sprint

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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!!

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