Movements of perfect harmony and rhythm,

eyes of black passion embracing the moon,

hands of mudras nurturing calmly the deities,

she dances and the daffodils bend and bloom.

Her silk saree caresses softly my eyes and soul

as she moves beautifully her lovely hands and feet

awakening the surprised rainbows and pink clouds,

unveiling her delicate world so tender and complete.

A carnatic song carries me away to the dreamy wind

as I savour silently the richness of sacred life and art,

dancing together with my sister devadasi, words of

affection blossom into love deep inside my divine heart.

Grace and purity hold hands in celestial Bharatanatyam,

My fire-dance of devotion and faith, my everlasting flame

as we dance harmoniously celebrating the eternal universe

and God whispers peacefully in heavens my singular name.

Karla Bardanza

*Mudras are hand gestures used for a variety of reasons, they may be used to mime the meaning of the song, or they may be simple aesthetic ornamentation.

*The 'handmaids of god' or devadasis were dedicated to the temples (both Shiva and Vishnu temples), and they were part of the daily ritual of worshipping the deity where they performed dances in praise of the god.

*Bharatanatyam is a classical Indian dance form originating in India. One of the oldest of the classical dance forms in India. It has its inspirations from the sculptures of the ancient temple of Chidambaram.

1 comment:

  1. Karla, this poem is the description of your soul. You have
    laid it bare here for all to see.
    And I see your spirituality in full
    blossom and have a better understanding of it reading this.