Dance India Dance… the new dance show on Zee TV Sunday, Mar 15 2009 

Zee TV has always tried to outshine against the other rival channels, but to no avail. Its wide range of daily soaps do not contain the spark that a Star Plus or Sony TV or Star One offers. Though the storyline of all the soaps is almost similar and in competition with the competitors, the cast and crew is disappointing.

However, one sees Zee TV’s honest endeavors when it comes to bringing into limelight “true talent”. SaReGaMa was the first reality TV show which brought to the fore some of the best singers of the current times. Not only when the show was hosted by Sonu Nigam was the show a hit, even when Shaan took the responsibility of being an anchor, the show still had its charm. Shaan has a mellifluous voice, coupled with his passionate and sensuous treble and base vocals. (By now, you must know that I am a die hard fan of Shaan… met him just once and I still wonder how I sang before him… ehhhh… nostalgia…. what a day it was :)) umm hmm… we must be back to our topic. :p SaReGaMaPa showcased amazing talent. The singers were just brilliant. Of course, there were some mediocre singers but there were some others who belonged to the “superlative” clan. ๐Ÿ™‚

After this talent (or let’s say “singer”) hunt, Zee went into search for some real good dancing jewels and they brought “Dance India Dance” to the fore. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can not qoute the TRP of this show but I strongly believe that it is one of the best dance shows ever seen on Indian television. These days, where the audience has now become aware of TRP tricks, this show offers pure entertainment. Such a relief! (I am talking of least TRP tricks on this show, not of “NO TRP TRICKS” :p)

Whats best on this show is the whole “on-screen” team (except the anchors). Finest dancers, brilliant choreographers and sheer entertainment. These dancers explicitly reveal the passion that they hold for dance. Every move, every shake is full of verve. Creativity at its blossom. Expert comments. (though I am not a dancer, I am keen at listening to them. as if someone is enlightening me about the world called “dance”:)) The lifts, moves, the style with which these dancers perform is beyond words!!! (in fact, at some points, when these dancers perform such stunts, my heart palpitates fearing he/she would fall or get hurt… but they are winners, all of them.)They do not know fear… neither of losing themselves, nor of losing this battle. As a singer, I learn a great deal from these dancers.. Long live all art forms!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Amidst Nature… Friday, Mar 6 2009 

Yesterday, after a long while (of almost 20 days) (* 1 year back, my physician had declared that I was suffering from “bipolar disorder“… and he had consoled me saying almost all artists suffer from this problem.. in fact,that is a sign of a brilliant creative person). So, back to our story, After a long long while, I experienced blues. Blues because I contemplated on my actions and thought patterns of the recent past and I came to the conclusion that I was absolutely disorganized…. least focused towards my goal…unable to do anything, lethargic… and worst of it, I was feeling hopeless.

Let me disclose something from the core of my heart. You know guys, I believe people who are shallow, who engage in trivial pursuits are the lucky ones. They don’t think too much and so they do not know their limitations or frustrations… of course, they pine for something else (which is most of the times, some materialistic goal) but that’s another story. People like me, who know what they are going through, feel all the more depressed. Sometimes, knowing and understanding your inner mind is a bigger danger than anything else, which is what I most of the times go through. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Anyways, I am not here to talk of the negative vibes that I feel. So… back to my blues. I shared this with one of my chat friends. (This is one advantage of your chat list. The people to whom you open your heart aren’t the ones whom you meet generally. So, you can rest assured that you can be absolutely open about anything that goes on in your mind. Hence, I told him everything.) And he suggested I must go out for a walk or have a nap. The lazy person as I am always, I would have rather chosen the second option. But, to my surprise, I opted for the first.

I went for a walk. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thought, anywhich ways I have lose some extra pounds that I have put on. So, went ahead with a brisk walk to a place where I found nature, full of respite, serene and captivating.

I took my iPod with me, as I didn’t want any human voice to disturb me. I want to be alone, not lonely. ๐Ÿ™‚ I listened to those songs which I had heard at least more than 100 times till date. But, yesterday,they sounded different..completely different. I just swayed with the rythm of the songs, the pull of the breeze. Many say, twilight brings gloom and so one musn’t be alone in the evenings. Yesterday, I experienced the opposite. ๐Ÿ™‚

I can not word my experience. But I hope you now know what I felt, what I saw, what I heard… listening, eyeing, feeling the breeze… listening, eyeing, feeling nature…. listening, eyeing, feeling the calmer me… ๐Ÿ™‚

Relationships… Thursday, Feb 19 2009 

Every relationship has two participants. Depending on the involvement of the participants, one may determine who is the dominant one and who is the other. Who loves more than the other. This is not only the case with a love relationship, but in any relationship that you may find. A mother and child, a brother and sister, a father and daughter or between two friends. Things go fine when this relationship includes these two people. The moment the baggage of nostalgia or the shadow or the thoughts of a third person enters, or of the crowd around (people you know and talk of), it is then thatย the relationship starts decaying. And one fine day, comes the question, (indirectly of course), who is important? this third person or me??

You have to give an answer that avoids the storm. And your dear relation (the partner in the relationship) feels betrayed. H/She says, “your answer is self explanatory. You are more worried for this third person and you’ve shown me my position in your life.”

Your love is shattered, your relationship in pieces and you, depressed. How, then, do you calm the Tsunami that storms in your heart???

A poetess speaks… Monday, Feb 16 2009 

Make me not your Muse

Make me not your Muse,
Who stands like a portrait in your poems,
Lifeless and public.
Make me the energy of your poem.
Let me flow through your thoughts.
Let me be omnipresent in your works,
Something that canโ€™t be seen,
But is there.
Let me breathe through your creativity,
Something that is continous;
A constant process which when stops
Takes life out of a thing.
Dont make me your pen;
Let me be the ink that writes,
The one that leaves a footprint,
That fills in an urge to be traced.

Immortalize this tiny sprite
As a bliss for
Loving you honestlyโ€ฆ

——— Mrudgandhaa