The fabric of reality is thin here.
So, for the past two days; I’ve been dropping Shiva, the Hindu god of Death and Rebirth into my ramblings and said that we were going to ‘fuck shit up’ together.
I didn’t spot him when we went out for dinner last night, although I did see a very unusual street dog that seemed as if it wanted a chat, if I’d been alone, I might actually have had an attempt at conversation. I also saw the sad demise of a large number of beer bottles.
The second item may possibly have had some bearing on the first.
Today is yet another working day, so I made a point to wake up early and get some beach walking time in.
It really is my favourite part of the day, the beach is changing fast and the early morning light on the sea is heart-stoppingly beautiful.
There were more crabs and small creatures around than usual this morning and as I walked to the inlet where a local river meets the sea, I saw a large number of people and what looked like sunscreens.
Which is exactly what they were.
I’d stumbled onto a film shoot – I wasn’t sure what for, but there were three girls in colourful traditional costumes performing a very graceful dance for the cameras.
I didn’t bother to hang around and went back to the hotel as fast as I could to get my phone so that I could take some photos.
When I arrived back at the pool, I found a colleague had arrived there and suggested that he join me as there was ‘something cool’ to look at down the beach.
And so we wandered back to the inlet to watch the shoot.
What came next was unexpected.
The film crew and associated people there welcomed us in and suggested that we stand with a good view of the shoot. The parents of the two youngest dancers, who had been selected from a local school; told us proudly about how they had come to be in a video with a well known director.
More about him later.
We were asked to pose with various crew members for souvenir photos and generally treated like visiting royalty rather than two blokes who’d drifted in from the beach.
For one staged photo, I was asked to pose as if I were punching a crew member, It’s already on his facebook page.
Fuck knows who they thought we were.
Then the day went even more surreal, if that’s at all possible.
I’ll divert here for a moment.
The Bhavagad Gita is a 700 verse Hindu Scripture which has was the inspiration for Gandhi, amongst others, Nehru made the following comment.
‘The Bhagavad-Gita deals essentially with the spiritual foundation of human existence. It is a call of action to meet the obligations and duties of life; yet keeping in view the spiritual nature and grander purpose of the universe.’
Interestingly, Rudyard Kipling’s “If” has been described by Indian historian and writer Khushwant Singh as “the essence of the message of The Gita in English”, I’ve always liked “If”, particularly the first verse.
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise
It sums up the way I think we’d all like to feel about ourselves, it’s far too often misquoted or used by morons to make some spurious point, I suspect that Kipling would be amused.
Anyway, back to today, the film shoot was for a promo of a new version of the Bhavagad Gita and the dance that the girls were doing is called Bharathanatyam.
As they danced, the director took us to one side and..
We’re now in the film.
We didn’t dance, nor did we disgrace ourselves.
What we did do was sit on the beach and hold a yoga pose for around 30 minutes while the director repeatedly called ‘roll film’ and ‘Action”.
I checked – they actually filmed us and weren’t just taking the piss.
I also have the director’s mobile number and email address. He’s actually said thanks for taking part and that he’ll send me a finished copy. For anybody interested, look up https://www.behance.net/nobinkurian
All in all, pretty fucking cool really.
I’m just going to copy the Wikipedia definition of Bharathanatyam here.
‘Bharathanatyam (Tamil: பரதநாட்டியம்) is a form of Indian classical dance that originated in the temples of Tamil Nadu. It was described in the treatise Natya Shastra by Bharata around the beginning of the common era. Bharata Natyam is known for its grace, purity, tenderness, expression and sculpturesque poses. Lord Shiva is considered the God of this dance form. Today, it is one of the most popular and widely performed dance styles and is practiced by male and female dancers all over the world.’
I’m grinning my head off as I write this, I’m going to look for him properly tonight.
And fuck some shit up.
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