1. Hello everybody !!!

    In the South of India, there is a beautiful tradition to draw Kollams in front of the houses every morning. It welcomes all the passers by and enlivens them with good spirits. I always enjoy to walk in the streets of Pondicherry or any South Indian city in the morning and to be greeted by all these beautiful shapes, and ... - on special occasions - colours.

    Kollams used to be made of rice powder. So they did not only look nice, but also fed the ants and the insects ... which is a generous and clever thing to do : by feeding them on the doorstep, they may not come into your kitchen !!! Nowadays white or coloured powder is used. On normal days, more simple Kollams are drawn in the morning just in white. For special occasions, like Pongal, Shiva Raatri, New Year, Christmas or Easter (according to the families' backgrounds) ... more elaborate Kollams are prepared in colour. Traditionally the Kollams had definite geometrical patterns. Nowadays, there are also many more "free-style" Kollams, integrating elements such as flowers or animals ... or whatever may inspire the artist.

    One of the beauties of this art is that it is impermanent. It is drawn every day anew ... and only stays for its time.

    Vidya is introducing us into the art of Kollam in this little video.

    Enjoy and plenty of good inspirations to all of you !!!

    Christoph

    (13/06/2010)

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  2. Hello everybody !!!

    "Nur Übung macht den Meister." ... "only practice makes a master", or as another German saying underlines : "Es ist noch kein Meister vom Himmel gefallen.", "no master just dropped down from heaven".

    So here some impressions of Bharata Natyam practice filmed in Yoganjali Natyalayam, in Pondicherry (South India), in may 2006. For those of you who may not know it, Bharata Natyam is a South Indian classical dance style which combines pure dance with story telling through mime.

    It is quite some work to move through the basics before then starting to actually dance.

    In this video, you will get some glimpses of basic training and of a choreography rehearsal. You will also witness the essential aspects of relaxation and of artistic inspiration and creation ;-).

    Enjoy and be aware of how privileged you are to be watching these budding masters ;-) !!!

    Lots of good inspirations to all of you !!!

    Christoph

    PS : Watching this video, I am also reminded of an experiment made with cats. Take one cat. Teach him something. Put that cat back with its fellow cats - they will learn the same thing much much faster just by emulation.

    That's what a good teaching environment should be about : a space where people grow by themselves through the structure that is provided to them.

    Good inspirations to all of you !!!

    Christoph

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