Pandit Uday Shankar : An Introduction

Every time I watch stills or films capturing the late Pandit Uday Shankar dancing – I am transported, where dream and experience become one for the dancer within me. I am inspired, I am bereft that a great Guru and proponent of the art form is no longer with us, and I am grateful to the visionary who gave us his love letter to dance … Continue reading Pandit Uday Shankar : An Introduction

Saying au revoir to Chinese Art : the multiple smiles of Yu Minjun

This Chinese artist and his oil creations of self in commercial and collectible artworks that straddle the line between social commentary political criticism whilst simultaneously being creepy, confounding, confusing and comical I present to you an artist that is celebrated by alarmist Chinese galleria and Chinese art enthusiasts. Yu Minjun’s works are unfamiliar to the most educated of viewers. His character(s) create distance as well as a … Continue reading Saying au revoir to Chinese Art : the multiple smiles of Yu Minjun

There is nothing you can see that is not a flower; There is nothing you can think that is not the moon.

I remember getting english homework in junior high that guided us to write our own Haiku’s. The example we were given to follow in the 5-7-5 On (or translated as syllables for writing one in English) was : A caterpillar, this deep in fall– still not a butterfly. I didn’t know then that the example we were given was of the great and revered Japanese … Continue reading There is nothing you can see that is not a flower; There is nothing you can think that is not the moon.

I Wonder if Heavens Got a Ghetto

Having its roots and ground for exploration in the spoken word tradition, rap to me is as much part of poetry as the poets explored in the previous posts. For me if I had to choose one single work that echoed this more than others, it would have to be “I Wonder if Heavens Got a Ghetto” by Tupac Shakur Here are the lyrics: I … Continue reading I Wonder if Heavens Got a Ghetto