Dance and Words (continued)..
In the last post, we saw how Bharatanatayam can provide a systematic way to express abstract themes and facilitate structured dialog and sharing. Bharatanatyam can also be a way to analyze nuances of language.
For example, participants wonder if a word like “bhavatu” which means “let there be” could also mean “let me make it so”. Although similar in a general sense, differences between the two phrases can be manifested through dance.
In a multicultural place like NYC, we yearn to share our language with others and Bharatanatyam can give participants a chance to share their language which can be an invaluable source of learning for all.
Left: the word Mangalam in English and Hakol beseder ("everything is good") in Hebrew. Below that is the word "Antha" in Telegu meaning "all" or "everything"]
Right: The words "king" and "queen" in Hebrew]