You might have heard the same track of a different version in Praveen's class a lot. This is the same bhajan by Bhagavan Das.
(lyrics are not exactly the same as the bhajan)
ammâ ammâ tâye
akhilândesvarî nîye annapûrnesvarî tâye
âdi parâsaktî nîye îmmân ilatil yellâm
nada kutumammâ untan âda lînâl
rakshikka vendum ammâ ammammâ
rakshikka vendum ammâ
kutchiyil summakkamal kodi latcham
pakshi vâ hananin sodari soudari
petra mudal unnai padi duven
pari pû rani hârani nîye
lakshiyam enakku nîye ammâ... ammâ
lakshiya enakku nîye
alakshiyam chaithi dâthe
jagadîsvarî tâye bhuvanesvarî nîye
katti katti enne nî ammâ... ammâ
katti katti enne nî kavalai padutha enni nâl
katti duvar yâro kâmâkshi mînâkshi
nî sâkshi – rakshikka vendum ammâ...
O Mother, Mother, dear Divine Mother, Goddess of the Universe, Giver of food to all creatures, Thou art the Primal Supreme Power.
Everything in the world happens because of Your Divine Play.
Protect me Mother, o Mother, protect me... without conceivung in the womb, You have given birth to millions and millions of beings.
O Sister of Lord Vishnu who rides the bird Garuda, o Beautiful One, from birth itself I am singing Your glories. Thou art the Perfect One, Primordial Cause, the Destroyer...
Thou art my life’s goal, o Mother. Ignore me not, o Goddess of the World. Thou art the Goddess Lalita, Ruler of the World. O Mother, if Thou throwest me into troubles again and again, who else is there to protect me? O Mother with the enchanting eyes, Thou art the Omnipresent Witness of all.
My husband and I like to make lassi ourselves from time to time. Every time he would ask if I want it sweetened or salted. SALTED??? It's pretty difficult for me to imagine how a salted lassi taste. He made once and I tried. It comes out pretty good, especially if you do it with plain yogurt.
He told me that salted lassi is actually better for health. For this I Google a little bit:
Wiki says: " Traditional mild salted lassi - This form of lassi is more common in villages of Punjab. It is prepared by blending curd with water and adding salt, pepper and other spices as per requirements. The drink thus produced is known as Salted Lassi."
And the benefits of lassi are:
My husband bought me a copper jug and keep convincing that it is very good to drink water from it.
I was quite doubtful to this vessel as I was thinking water is gonna taste like rust. After 2 days drinking from it, I start to drink more water and it taste just fine; I would say it tastes even better than from plastic jug. So I searched some information about it.
It says, " Water stored in copperware is the boon of life. Purified, it helps to regulate digestion and cardiac orders - the basis of good health as practiced by Ayuveda and Rishis fro old vedic times. it has been known for thousands of years that copper alloy can inhabit the growth of bacteria, viruses and fungi. Our scriptures also ecommend the drinking of four glasses of water stored overnight in a copper utensil every morning."
The disease-causing bacteria cannot survive for more than a few hours on copper surfaces" - by Centre of Applied Microbiology and Research, UK
In the old days, it is just for brides. They tend to be more nervous during wedding. mehendi is made of herbs that could make you cool and calm. and nowadays people do henna also for beauty sake or happy occasions also.
No Indian wedding is ever complete without the Mehendi. Whichever part of the country the bride may be from, her hands are adorned with the lovely red hue of the mehendi.
Mehendi is associated to lots of things - a good dark design is a sign of good luck for the marital couple. It is common for the names of the bride and groom to be hidden in the mehndi design; and the wedding night cannot commence until the groom has found the names. Some examples of popular traditional images used in mehndi designs are the peacock, which is the national bird if India, the lotus flower, and an elephant with a raised trunk, which is a symbol of good luck.
卡 介 苗
乙 型 肝 炎 疫 苗 - 第 一 次
一 個 月
乙 型 肝 炎 疫 苗 - 第 二 次
兩 個 月
白 喉 、 破 傷 風 、 無 細 胞 型 百 日 咳 及 滅 活 小 兒 麻 痺 混 合 疫 苗 - 第 一 次
四 個 月
白 喉 、 破 傷 風 、 無 細 胞 型 百 日 咳 及 滅 活 小 兒 麻 痺 混 合 疫 苗 - 第 二 次
六 個 月
白 喉 、 破 傷 風 、 無 細 胞 型 百 日 咳 及 滅 活 小 兒 麻 痺 混 合 疫 苗 - 第 三 次
乙 型 肝 炎 疫 苗 - 第 三 次
麻 疹 、 流 行 性 腮 腺 炎 及 德 國 麻 疹 混 合 疫 苗 - 第 一 次
一 歲 半
白 喉 、 破 傷 風 、 無 細 胞 型 百 日 咳 及 滅 活 小 兒 麻 痺 混 合 疫 苗 - 加 強 劑
麻 疹 、 流 行 性 腮 腺 炎 及 德 國 麻 疹 混 合 疫 苗 - 第 二 次
白 喉 、 破 傷 風 、 無 細 胞 型 百 日 咳 及 滅 活 小 兒 麻 痺 混 合 疫 苗 - 加 強 劑
白 喉 、 破 傷 風 、 無 細 胞 型 百 日 咳 ( 減 量 ) 及 滅 活 小 兒 麻 痺 混 合 疫 苗 - 加 強 劑
Before we actually start, we need to pay attention the Aramandi, the essential half sit position of Bharathanatyam, in which the dancer compresses her height to atleast 3/4 of her original height. This gives the typical triangular shape and stability to Bharathanatyam.Aramandi is a very important posture in Bharatanatyam. It becomes a comfortable posture with practice. “In this posture, the back should not jut out, the stomach should not protrude and the torso should not bend forward. The ‘Brahmasutra’ (the vertical imaginary line passing through the centre of the body) is in balance. This means that the aramandi (half sit posture) adjusts according to the height of the dancer. When the araimandi is beyond the threshold point, there is an invlountary urge to lift the heels, which will result in imbalance. Too much of sitting or standing is not aesthetically beautiful. ” Prof (Smt.)Sudharani Raghupaty (Chennai, India). Aramandi is also referred to as Ayatam and ardhamandalam.
After understanding what is namaskar (salutation), we could move on to steps - the building blocks of the pure dance / Nritta Bharathanatyam. The Technical Lingo for steps is Adavu in Bharathanatyam jargon.
Adavus are comprised of the sthanakamm, Nritta Hasta and Chari.
These are considered building blocks of Korvais/Jathis in Nritta. Coincidentally 108 adavus are recognized. Most competent classes teach atleast 75 adavus. It may a take a student 3 months to 1 year to complete these depending on one’s exposure to the art form, age, potential and grasp etc.
All the four done in synchronization with Rhythm or Tala is ADAVU. Every Adavu will have certain number of steps and would have a BOL or syllable like “Tai Ya- Tai Hi”.
Following are the Ten important Adavus:
Learning just the adavus and practicing them for a while helps the students to :
1. to develop flexibility and overcome the initial muscle cramps and sore feet at the beginning stages.
2. attain right posture
3. develop stamina
4. become aware to the sense of Talam (Rhythm) and kalam (speed)
5. become Swift and agile and attain control over the body.
Bharatanatyam is generally referred to have three distinct streams or aspects:
Nritta is pure dance or sequences of dance that are non interpretative in nature. This means that these steps, movements or gestures are not meant to convey any message or thought. They are primarily meant to add beauty to the dance form. Adavus (described earlier) form the basic component of Nritta.
Nrittya on the other hand is an interpretative dance and involves a lot of sentiments, emotions and description. The gestures in this stream convey messages like depicting a king, indicating that it is morning time etc. This consists of leg, hand, neck, head and eye movements to convey the message.
Natya is dance drama and its main technique is Abhinaya. It involves acting out a story for the audience using expressions. Also the actors may dress like the character. Natya is usually performed with a mythologial theme, like on the stories of Ramayana or Krishnaleela, etc. For eg. This would involve enacting parts of Ramayana or Mahabharata.
The salutation in Bharathanatyam is called Thatti Kumudu (to tap and salute). The ancient practice of performing the salutation before and after dancing is observed in all parts of India.
1.The salutation is done by tapping the feet in samapada (feet together) with the shikara hasta in both hands, in front of the chest.
2.The practitioner then turns out her toes ,sits in full mandi and brings the hands (in shikhara hasta ) from the shoulders, touches the floor and raises the palms to her eyes, paying her respects to Mother Earth.
3. Then he/she performs the three namaskars:-
Praveen & Virginia, a couple who believe in this great ancient Indian Arts - Yoga & Dance, and would love to share to everyone.