Dance and Fitness

Body in Motion / Dance and Fitness

Management principle for life

Ancient shloka offers a roadmap to finding focus Being engaged meaningfully in the process is as important as the final product or goal Fragment, polish each piece and reassemble them to make something, perhaps bigger and/or better "Yatho Hasta thatho Drishti, Yatho Drishti thatho Manah Yatho Manah thatho Bhaava, Yatho Bhaava thatho Rasa""Where the hands(hasta) are, go the eyes (drishti); where the eyes are, goes the mind (manah); where the mind goes, there is an expression of inner feeling (bhaava) and where there is bhaava, mood or sentiment (rasa) is evoked." This verse from the Natya Shastra, the ancient Sanskrit treatise on performing arts by Bharata Muni, is as relevant to modern life as it has been to classical dance. Our ancient scriptures offer modern guide maps...


TANDAVA-LASYA: The Cosmic Connection

THE HOLISTIC APPROACH OF INDIAN CLASSICAL DANCE MAY JUST BE THE NEW-AGE FITNESS MANTRA.Dance has always been a source of physical expression around the world. It is also a means of staying fit.India is blessed to have several styles, classical and folk, originating from various regions. This blessing is magnified many times over, given not just the quantum of styles but also the scientific genesis, structure and detailed delineation of practically every nuance and instruction.Indian classical dance forms incorporate both tandava (vigorous/ masculine) and lasya (soft/ feminine), offering a balance of cosmic energies — male/female, yin/yang — in their exposition. The tandava aspect is characterised by sharp, forceful movements that aim to capture the essence of the underlying bhava (sentiment). The lasya elements are represented...


Journey of Indian fitness

For some time now I have been in an inquisitive frame of mind with an increasing sense of déjàvu. Having been exposed to Indian classical dance since the age of five, tutored in the tradition of the Guru -Shishya Parampara, practicing Yoga and now being part of the modern health and fitness industry for several long years, I feel we need to jostle ourselves hard. I don’t want this to be a historical discourse nor a black and white piece on East versus West. But given what we have as our cultural heritage and what we have squandered away and allowed to die, it might meander down that road a bit. At the outset let me clarify my position. Assimilation of knowledge and practices should be free...