"Honoring Tagore: Sacred Earth," a performance by Ragamala Dance Company at On Being on Loring Park on June 14, 2014. Dancer Ashwini Ramaswamy is featured in this excerpt.
A riveting performance by Ragamala Dance that remembers and lives forward the poetry and the art of Rabindranath Tagore through the Indian classical dance form Bharatanatyam.
My life has been one long secret,
all of it flowing towards you:
lost hopes, hidden love, everything
a way to whisper in your ear.
Whatever else you are,
you are also the coolness of that dust
which lies quietly under the long shadows
of my small hedge.
One final look from you
and I'll be gone.
Like a bride,
I will leave my home and meet you,
alone, in the huge solitude of night.
(Excerpt from Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore, tr. by Jim Moore)