10th January 2022 Dr Beena
Hello everyone. Once again, Mr Nandakumar permitted me to write my thoughts on his painting. It is about Theyyam, a form of dance worship from Northern Kerala and Karnataka. The dance contains traits dating back to the Neolithic period. Wow, how notable is that a tradition or structure of liturgical dance form exists to date? The surprises of life are incredible😊.
I researched and realised that dance worship existed in many cultures and religions. In the Old Testament, King David danced before the Ark of Covenant. In Christianity, dance worship was controversial. It re-emerged in the 20th Century as part of charismatic worship. Rumi and Sufi dance, a form of dance of the Mevlevi Order, was performed during religious events. From this, the Egyptian Tanoura emerged. There are many more of these dances, and I am still learning about these ancient dances😊 phew, learning never ceases.
However, I am amazed that the Theyyam dance worship still exists today! It would have changed with time. Isn’t it interesting that humans incorporated dance into a way of life during the Neolithic and Chalcolithic human evolution? Now, we have all kinds of dance which has become part of our way of life. Hmm, it seems dance does provide a sense of liberation and happiness. Have you noticed after dancing, you feel joyful? It is the release of those happy hormones; 😊😊. So, the next time you feel down, turn on the music, tap your feet and clap your hands😊. I bet you that you will start to smile and then get up and dance😊. Well, what I mean is a spontaneous form of dance😊.
On that happy note, I wish you a peaceful week and hope you will have a joyful event to make you smile😊. Thank you, Mr Nandakumar, for giving me this opportunity to learn something new. Learning something new is always exhilarating.