occasion at the Big Temple in Tanjavur
September 30, 2010
It was a thrilling experience to dance with 1000 plus dancers at the Brihadeeswara Temple in Tanjavur on 25th September. The 1000th year celebration was indeed a momentous and historical occasion. The vast expanse of the temple was absolutely amazing and awe-inspiring coz the 1000 + dancers snugly fitted onto the raised platform space around the Big Nandi. Beyond this space were the open praakaaram, then the lawns and then the wide corridors. One felt like a small speck in the vast universe - Aangikam bhuvanam yasya, vaachikam sarva vaangmayam....
And as the last strains of the song faded away under the velvet star-spangled moonlit canopy, it was overwhelming. Aahaaryam chandra taaraadi... I had mixed feelings. Our eyes were moist with tears - tears of sadness that such a beautiful occasion was coming to a close, that the unique offering was over; tears of happiness for having danced for the towering resplendent Lord Brihadeeswara in His abode, for being fortunate enough to be part of such a historical occasion.... Tum numah saatvikam Sivam.
S Janaki is the Executive Editor, Sruti.