I’m keeping this blog short today, as I haven’t been feeling too well. Apologies in advance – these might become a bit lackluster the next few days.
Tuesday marked the first day of lessons for all of us, except for Kevin G. and John (mirdangam), and everyone seemed to have really enjoyed their first lesson!
Us dancers are realizing how incredibly difficult it is to dance bharatanaytm – an intense amount of stamina and leg strength.
Here we are on our way to our lesson, I would have been smart to get an after shot, as we were pretty exhausted after the fact!
Our voice students Becca and Cat learned their first raga and how to count the tala (with the hands – kind of like how we tap to the beat with our hands or feet, but here in a very specific manner)
The flute guys Peter and Tristan seem really into flute. I’ve heard the practicing quite a lot (though the flute carries much easier than the voice, but they’ve been playing quite a bit, being excited about their new instruments, currently borrowed, but will have a new Indian-flute soon) with their happy flute noises, echoing joy down the hallway.
This is what Steve-Ji would call an “Only in India moment.”
We didn’t go to a concert in the evening, and instead stayed in, which was nice. A lot of us are currently under the weather, and just generally exhausted from being the over-stimulus which is Mysore.
Oh, and Kevin A. and I both bought these pants:
With awesome pants,