The alchemy of existence
Sketch & text: Ashwini Kaarthikeyan

January 10, 2013

These days, there is a beautifully mysterious translucence of an other-worldly sort, hovering around our being. There is consistent opportunity in our lives to transcend the mundane. We are unique flowers weaving our own tales. We are fragrance personified. We are woven lines, in varying forms and hues.

Today, we are laced in red and white, bejewelled in sparkling silver and gold! The thundering sounds from the dancer’s anklets, fills us with an adrenaline like no other! Every night fall, we listen to colourful tales about Kings, Queens, birds, flowers, bees and beasts. Magically, the heightening theatrical energy of vulnerability, sensuality and regality is whispering itself into our dreams, visions and manifestations!

(In response to the Kathakali recital by Sadanam Balakrishnan and troupe at The Music Academy, Chennai, on 8th January 2013. Ashwini Kaarthikeyan is a poet, artist and Bharatanatyam dancer.) /