Love Life, Love Style, Preet Style
Diwali in Eindhoven (early November 2015) was once again a wonderful event in which many members of the community came together in fun, appreciation and laughter. There were dance performances by various groups of different ages, shapes and sizes. It was noted that this time, the representation of the different cultures was more extensive – there were performances derived from the cultures of almost all four corners of India.
Watch the performance here: It was based on poetry by Rabindranath Tagore
Mamo chitte niti nritye ke je nache Tata thai thai, tata thai thai, tata thai thai, Tari sange ki mridange sada baje Tata thai thai, tata thai thai, tata thai thai Hasi kanna hira panna dole bhale Kape chande bhalo mando tale tale Nache janmo nache mrityu pache pache Tata thai thai, tata thai thai, tata thai thai Ki anando, ki anando, ki anando Diba ratri nache mukti nache bandho Se taronge chuti range pache pache Tata thai thai, tata thai thai, tata thai thai
I wonder, who is that dances in my mind The eternal dance, rhythmically. I wonder, how well my soul and body respond To the meter of the ‘MRIDANGA’, The eternal dance, rhythmically. Swings smile and tears upon the temple jewel-like Good and the evil pulsate with the rhythm Keenly follow life and death, dancing along The eternal dance, rhythmically. O, what a delight, what a delight, Confinement and liberation dance alongside day and night, I follow the wave closely, enjoy running behind it The eternal dance, rhythmically. - Translated by Anjan Ganguly
I had a lot of fun and as always, I get inspired to improve my physique and dancing abilities to the point of at least semi-professional. This time round, I had some lower back soreness which somewhat hindered my full range of motion. A lesson for myself – to always keep supple, stretch and look after my physique.
It was also fun to research, ponder, discuss and come to a consensus on our costume. I simply love those dhoti leggings and will definitely wear it again many many more times!
I look forward to being part of the celebrations again next year if I am in Eindhoven 🙂
Have a pleasant evening.