‘I have had a fascination for images and when these images started moving, I grew fond of appreciating dance forms’.
However, amongst all the Indian dances I should be very frank in admitting that I understand none. One amongst them does albeit arouses me from within; the dance form, Kathak. I don’t know the reason, perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I grew up in Lucknow and the sound of thumri rings sedative bells in my amygdala. Throw reasons out and what remains is the fact that I love the feet pounding on the ground. It’s highly erotic. During my journey at Banaras (4 years at ITBHU) I experienced the classical music and dance form to its very roots. I spent nights soaking the best of practitioners. I took me time to appreciate a horn before I saw the beauty of shehnai. Sarod, Jal Tarang I watched and bathed in the balm, night after night. One instrument steals my heart when it actually stops pounding and lets the instrument pound instead, the mridangam or pakhawaj. I would get a mental erection when I saw a Kathak dancer dance to tabla and pakhawaj with the vocals only putting me to a heavenly sleep. I would watch the legs in ghunghroo for hours and yet emerge from the slumber as if it never started.
My journey in USA exposed me to other dance forms and a whole lot of music. I like the energetic forms much more than the slower ones and felt as if ‘tap dancing’ was waiting for me to watch it and experience a similar meditative state; the movement of the feet again. I wouldn’t miss an opportunity to watch anybody’s feet tapping. Just the mention that somebody tap dances makes me fall in love with that person. Like I fell in love with my wife when we were courting; she mentioned ‘kathak’. It was only after marriage that I came to know that she took lessons as a six yr old kid. And now we make fun of it…still the fact that she is a part of it, even if for a fraction, makes me love her even more.
I must admit that I love women more in Kathak (no offence to Birju Maharajji who I have seen often at Banaras) and men in Tap Dance. I would infact take to farthest humane possibility; Mr. Tap Dance and Smt. Kathak will make a beautiful couple. I wonder what would come out of it. If I for one were watching them together, I might pass out in a celestial orgasm.
Here I will share my love with you in two forms,
1. Tap Dance by Nicholas Brothers, and
2. The Indian Kathak (from Shatranj ke Khiladi) and let you make a comparison for yourself. For me there are no differences, similarities are many and the biggest being my hypnotic state during either.
…And Ladies and Gentlemen…here is the married couple on the wedding night, first night together…