Sunday, 1 January 2023

Anita says...January 2023

 Celebrate endings - for they precede new beginnings - Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Cheers to the new year and another chance to get it right - Oprah Winfrey
Don't live the same year each time and call it a life - Robin Sharma
Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one - Brad Paisley.

Anita Ratnam

I have chosen the word FURIOUS.

Because that is the pace and velocity with which we have lived this past year.
Devouring anything and everything in our path - food, travel, clothes, art, recreation, vacation, celebration, work - everything had a quality of happening at a FURIOUS pace. It was as if we were not going to see, experience or live through the next moment. It was a voracious whirl.

And December brought it all to a pinnacle. Like the heart of a tornado, where the centre is quiet but deadly. Like the promise of yet another twisted version of the virus. But this time, we are ready. Or not. Two years of isolation brought the Christmas month to a fever pitch of performances, festivals, celebration and bonhomie across the world. Just seeing the crowds at the auditoriums, faces familiar and new and everyone with a mixture of relief and joy in their eyes was enough to reassure me that even GRATITUDE must be cultivated with FURIOUS determination.

Having been in the thick of so many (too many) events in December, I missed so much of what was happening around me. Chennai maybe the epicentre of a mammoth music and dance festival but many other cities were also celebrating with equal aplomb.

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  2. Thank you Anita for this vivid whiff of this furious season of dance and music. Having missed it, your evocation is valued.

  3. Dear Anitaji, your post at the start of every month(and in this particular case, a new year) serves as a reminder on how we should approach dance and art in general. Your articulation is beyond compare, and forces us to engage in important conversations. Most importantly, in this age of 15s videos, it's very refreshing to have something this engaging to read, about Indian dance!