Euchre and Other Things
Back to work, as we prepare for the final concert in only two days (one day now, but today as I write this, I will pretend it is actually Monday) and in our class today, Guru-ji introduced an entirely new two minutes of story-telling, mudra-heavy (mudras are the hand shapes made to represent different people, animals, objects, actions) dance around Ganesha (it’s a type of prayer of praise from my understanding of the translation Guru-ji gave us).
Many of the other students are in a similar situation where their respective guru’s are giving them new material (they know we can handle it!) on Monday, and I heard that the voice students will be learning a new song Wednesday (which is crazy difficult to do in one day, with the process of how a song is learned in Carnatic music).
I leave Thursday around 6pm and so thoughts of packing, and more packing are at the center of my mind (as well as a few other things)
A few of us made trips to KR Circle to by trinkets and scarfs for friends (and for ourselves). So family and friends, be warned – you might have a Ganesha or Shiva in your future!
Now it is Tuesday.
(well really it’s Wednesday- I never got the Monday post posted so I figured I’d combine the two days because I really can not afford to be behind, so that I can report on the expectedly fabulous concert that takes place on Wednesday.)
People are learning more and more new things, and practicing more and more. The flute bros™ can be heard almost all hours of the day, and even a fair amount of mirdangam has been rumbling the floor tiles of the hostel, while singers can be faintly heard, delicately practicing scales and songs in their rooms, while the dancers are building calloused feet while we are stomping away at our dances.
Dinner was particularly hilarious. Steve-Ji’s humor was on point, and all I can remember is a stream of silly absurdist humor that never seemed to end.
After dinner came an intense game of Euchre (this game has been a through-line of passing the time and bonding throughout the month) followed by an even more intense game of Celebrity a weird catch-phrase/charades game that managed to keep us up till 10:30 (remember we have yoga at 6am every weekday morning). Up until about the third week I was reluctant to learn Euchre, but other members of the mysore2016band convinced me that after four years of being a resident of Michigan, it was due time (and due duty) to learn how to play the game. Luckily it's much less complicated than it seems to an outward-viewing eye. This seems to be some metaphor that I feel the need to point out (but don't think I want to shove some sickly sentimental catch-phrase in your direction) about unknowing, and entering the knowledge in some state of un-comfort, and then the realization of ease and security within the now-known. (or something like coming to India for the first time). We all kind of - sort of - must of - experienced this here.