Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon
Ayyappan 7 - The Challenges That I Had To Confront - Poem by Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon
I performed on stage,
A new choreography
On a fresh subject,
Or a new theme,
There was always,
More criticism than praise.
When I began to perform
‘Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa',
Many eyebrows were raised.
How a style like Mohiniattam,
That defined ‘Lasya' or feminine charm
Designed as an exclusive style for women,
That poured out ‘Sringara' -
Love and beauty to the brim,
Ever could adapt itself
To the story of Lord Ayyappan? !
It was a challenge that I had to confront.
The simple answer
Lies in the fact
That a dance style
Does not restrict itself
To passionate human love themes alone,
But can embrace themes
Or divine love.
Can there be anything better than love for God?
All the forty One recitals of
My ‘Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa'
Were witnessed by huge crowds
With audience so admirable,
That at the end of my dance recital,
I always had tears of joy
Streaming down my eyes.
‘Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa'
Remains till date as my most favourite,
Of all my dance choreographies.
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