I could never force myself to do sports, despite the modern obsession with fitness I survived till now without trying any kind of it.
Funny enough, due to my ballerina-like construction people suspect I spend hours and hours in a gym. Nothing doing! – my laziness and total dislike for sports was stronger than any other argument.
But somehow I felt a need for a physical activity.
Dancing! – thought I – that would do! It is beautiful, very enjoyable and still a good training.
Popular styles like Latin-American, jazz, hip hop or ball-dancing were not attractive enough and I went for Indian classical dance (what else would you expect?), and that was very brave of me.
I found out that the style I chose is considered to be the most difficult among all the 6 classical dances – but it was too late to give up.
A few words about this art:
Kuchipudi is a fascinating Indian dance form that combines the intricate movements of classical dance with the narrative theatrical elements of drama. The result is a unique dance form that is easy to understand narrative in style, with fast rhythms, vivid expressions, and intricate graceful movements.
The technique of Kuchipudi makes use of fast rhythmic footwork and sculptures body movements.
Stylized mime, using hand gestures and subtle facial expression, is combined with more realistic acting, occasionally including dialogues spoken by the dancers.
Another unique feature of Kuchipudi is the Tarangam, in which the performer dances on the edges of a brass plate, executing complicated rhythmic patterns with dexterity, while sometimes also balancing a pot of water on the head.
This art form was so beautiful that even the Muslim kings patronized it despite its Hindu origins, and held Kuchipudi performances in their courts.
I am not interested in any performance so far, it would be great to be able to make at least some little compostions. But this amazing beauty is SO challenging – wish me luck and endurance!