First stage steps
- Bhramari Shivaprakash
November 24, 2009
As I sit back to pen my thoughts after finishing my performance in Connecticut Hoysala Kannada Koota, my mind races back a month to Janmaashtami celebrations in Sri Krishna Vrundavana in New Jersey. The cultural festivities included almost fifty kids aged 1 through 8 dressed as Krishna or Radha and our dance performance. We had planned to dance to the singing of Vasantha Shashi.
My 2 year old son Saaranga was hyper active that day and took a late afternoon nap which was a blessing in disguise for all of us, the mothers, to get our make up on and be ready for the performance. Around 6pm, as the performance time neared, I asked my husband to wake Saaranga up. Poor kid was dreaming of white sand and waters of New Jersey beaches we had visited few weeks before. Saaranga's dad used the opportunity without breaking the kid's imaginative trip, to wash his face and get all the 'sands' off of him.
As I was rehearsing for the next set of performances, little Saaranga's interest made me to incorporate the same song into my numbers. In Boston Mandara Kannada Koota, he asked me to peel a banana for him which was offered to Lord Ganesha and in Connecticut when he tried to escape from the stage, the ring around the roses made him so dizzy that he fell down. Such natural moves gave me and also the audience there a wonderful real time experience and pleasure.