Heart of beauty, hands of sacred Mudras,

black eyes inviting the perfumed sky,

carnatic music unfolding my tender petals

as my delicate soul does float and fly.

Melody and rhythm, steps to heaven.

Adavu, movements of pure harmony,

My silk sari is my past embroidered

with the divine memories of aria mandi.

My chandrasuryan – the sun and the moon,

The firmament decorating my silken hair

This is a night of peace and enchanted devotion.

Let this devadasi hold your hand, take you there.

Unbutton your chest, unzip your wild fears,

Allow yourself to be wrapped up by divine art.

Let this devadasi caress your mind and soul,

receive my dance of faith in your shy heart.

Karla Bardanza

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