Allah Hoo…

Friday, February 26, 2016

“Sisurvetti… Pasurvetti… Vetti Gana… Rasam… Phanihi…”

The Child, the Beast, the Serpent… all enjoy music…

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Art knows no single language… no single religion… no single God… no single faith… knows no beginning… knows no end…

Mythili Prakash, Bharatanatyam danseuse (and Wife of Pi, in Life of Pi)… Aditya Prakash, of the Aditya Prakash Ensemble fame (and brother of Mythili Prakash)… and Mahesha Swamy, an ensemble by himself (plays all imaginable musical instruments humankind has known to date… and sings Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan with equal aplomb)… are my three new Gods… one new religion… one new faith…

Mythili Prakash, Aditya Prakash and Mahesha Swamy

Have you heard of or seen Bharatanatyam choreographed to a Sufiya Kalaam? Or someone with all the splendour of ‘Vibhooti’ (paste made from ash) smeared on his forehead rendering “Allah Hu” with effortless ease in Urdu and Arabic with no trace of an accent? And a Bharatanatyam number choreographed in total tandem to go with it?

I have…

Intolerance… Anyone?

It’s not every day that you see a 76 year old (my father)… a 65 year old (my mother)… and 14 and 12 year olds (my son – in the photos here with the artists, and my daughter)… get into a trance…

Of course, my wife Smee and I are perennially in a trance when it comes to music… 

At the Chinmaya Naada Bindu (CNB)… a 3-day residential Music and Dance Fest at Chinmaya Vibhooti 2 weekends ago (Feb 12-14)… some of the best days of my life…

Pt. Rajan and Sajan Mishra… Priya Sisters… Kala Ramnath… Ustad Shahid Parvez… Anita Guha’s Bharatanjali Trust, Chennai… and ensemble of CNB’s very own Himanshu Nanda (flute)… Ramaa Bharadvaj (Bharatanatyam)… Pramodini Rao (vocals)…

http://chinmayanaadabindu.org/event/6th-naada-bindu-festival-residential-arts-retreat/

Words literally cannot describe the experience…

As Ramaa Bharadvaj puts it… the Purpose of Art is not to begin… nor to end… the Purpose of Art is to “Provoke Thinking”

Yeh zameen jab na thii yeh jahaan jab na thaa
Chaand suraj na thay aasman jab na tha
Raaz-e-haq bhi kisi per ayaan jab na tha
Tab na tha kuch yahaan tha magar tu hee tu… Allah Hu…

(When this Earth and the World did not exist… When there was no Moon, Sun and no Sky… When the secret of the Truth was still not known… When there was Nothing, there was You…)

Allah Hu… Allah Hu… Allah Hu… Haqq… (God is… God is… God is… the Truth)…

Happy Weekend…

Ravi Kodukula

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One thought on “Allah Hoo…

  1. I am not sure it is good manners to swear on other’s blog. But heck! I love any form of fine art. And did you just say dance and music??? Welcome home. 🙂
    My husband and I are mad. It’s not official yet.

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