Today was filled with adventure pizza and puppets!
OHHHH! And Krippa-Ji has us putting together more of the dance that we will be performing in a WEEK from now during the final performance. I suspect everyone in all of their respected lessons (and I've talked to a few of them) are doing the same with their own instruments.
A few of us ventured out into the market and made our way to this incense/essential oil shop, which was super cool.
We were mildly weary from chutneys and curries so we made our way back to the pizza shop we went to during the 1st or 2nd week (I really can’t remember at this point!) to indulge our tamasic energy.
Following that outing, the entire group made their way to VIIS (where we do yoga, take lectures, see a few performances, just a walk up a hill from the hostel) to see something I’ve personally been waiting for most of the trip, which is the Ramayana puppet show. The puppet show is part of a local folk-art tradition, where shadow puppets made of goat leather, singers, storytellers, musicians all sit inside this tiny light-box type stage to dramatize the story of the Ramayana in such a wild and funny manner. Check out this clip I took (left) and one that Kevin A. took (right):
After this we all had a very important check in with each other after dinner to see where we are emotionally at this late point in our time here in Mysore, and to talk about how to eventually slowly transition back into our lives once we return (how to ease into new diets, new schedules, old problems left at home).
This is a short update, but I’ve been more preoccupied with being here (which I suppose is a good thing). There will be more tomorrow.
With band-aids on my toes,