Colours of joy
January 4, 2005
of December 28, 2004 twinkled in festive colours with music and dance ringing
in the coming year. A team of artistes from Gujarat with students from
Kerala presented nearly twelve mesmerising pieces in Thrissur, the cultural
capital of Kerala. Sounds of dhol, tabla and harmonium rejuvenated the
air as men and women whirled in brilliant costumes. They started with the
customary Garbo with lights in their hands and pots over their heads,
and some chiming cymbals in their hands to honour the Mother divine.
Hudo, which has its origins in the fairs of Tarnetar, evoked the old world charms of a bygone era. Here young men and women, who come to the fair, dance in joy, clapping hands. In the process they meet and choose their life partners. The decorated umbrellas that the men held gleamed like the promise of hopes.
Holi gave the audience a glimpse of its festivities in a state where it is unknown. After the dreary winter, human hearts long for the season of spring with all its short-lived splendours. The air gets filled with the scent of tender leaves and blossoming flowers, impatient early clouds bring whiff of cool winds. The effect mesmerises the youth. They come out in droves, sing and dance in joy, splashing colours, flowers, and water on each other welcoming spring. The tribes of Dang region have their brand of Holi – tribal version was presented.
The Tippani of Sourashtra, in the western part of India, originally came from the mason community. In olden times, they made flooring by beating with wooden mallets. Women sang in chorus to the rhythm of beating. Even from the tedium of work sprang art. It speaks of a way of life and an attitude. Songs were either of historical events or the praise of god. Garbi too comes from Sourashtra. Its speciality is dancing with different choreographic movements.
Ghado tell of the joy of living. Fetching water was part of routine once upon a time and even now in villages. Women swayed with pots filled with water singing of their love life or of the pranks of Krishna.
cult is central to any art form that is Indian before the advent of modernity.
And the troupe performed Raas kreeda, the most popular of folk dances
in Gujarat. It depicts the glory of Krishna’s Vrindavan days. The small
sticks in the hands of the dancers give rhythm while dancing.
opened a wonderful world for the dancers and showcased the diversity of
our rich cultural heritage for the viewers. Here is where national integration
takes place, in forums of cultural interaction, where music is love, where
dance its joy.
Jayaraj is a regular contributor to narthaki.com