The face of my teacher
- Sketch & poem: Ashwini Kaarthikeyan
e-mail: ashwinikaarthikeyan@gmail.com

January 10, 2013

When a man embraces his femininity,
and dances with soft feet
upon the red earth,
he is a ‘caress’, personified.

We are newborn offsprings,
sprouting out after the first light in Spring.
We hibernate for decades on end,
and resurrect ourselves from thawing grounds.

In each devoted dancer,
I see the face of my teacher.

(This poem is a response to the Bharatanatyam recital by Nartaki Natraj at The Music Academy, Chennai, on 9th January 2013. Ashwini Kaarthikeyan is a poet, artist and Bharatanatyam dancer.)
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