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Dance of Living

Updated on January 13, 2018

To be alive, is to dance

The word dance, immediately brings to mind graceful synchronized movements that either explicitly express a thought, or set a mood to nurture a host of them.

Every movement in nature is synchronized - even apparent randomness, and there can be no life without movement, real or notional.

Isn't living then an elaborate dance?

Dance of living

Dawn in spring
Dawn in spring

It was time to awaken from the state of cyclic slumber;

The celestials, in their lofty trails, had begun to lumber;

And conspire, as was their wont, for unknown reasons;

Initiate contrasting changes of day and night; of seasons.


A multipede's cautious step, a bird's tentative croon;

Progressively, more joined in, before long and very soon;

Life began to proliferate; life forms began to prance;

Every moment of every day was a festival of dance.


Sunlight swamped the earth; a sense of joy it instilled.

Bees droned about blissfully; a butterfly fluttered fulfilled.

Dream and reality coalesced; want shed its meaning;

Serendipity paused indolently; watched casually leaning.

Notion of art
Notion of art

Perhaps from such idyllic spectacles, do notions arise,

Of gods, goddesses, and angels; of eternity and paradise.

Man wove these impressions together and named it "Art".

Expressions of every genre played their little part.

Unity in diversity
Unity in diversity

Diversity being existences' unalterable hallmark;

Its shadow upon man’s art is significant and stark.

Every land to its respective art, its peculiarity imparts.

Yet, every variety universally captivates minds and hearts.

Expression of time
Expression of time

Time too molds and directs the propensity of articulation;

The beliefs of the populace and the politics of a nation.

Many a dance form that was once for the exclusive few

Perished, and were resurrected for the masses anew.

Movement as art
Movement as art

The purpose of art is, man's sensitivity, to enhance;

One that does so comprehensively is certainly dance.

It strikes a chord in people with any shade of proclivity;

Be it intense bellicosity, utter frivolity, or extreme piety.

Emotions as art
Emotions as art

Though seemingly ensconced in firm and rigorous notions,

Dance is quite spontaneous; an outpouring of emotions.

Every civilizational history has at least one of it to adorn;

Its been around, thriving, since the human race was born.

Body as art
Body as art

It is no wonder then that imagining the ancient land of Egypt,

Brings to mind a gigantic pyramid with Tutankhamen’s crypt.

And the spectacle of a horde of men lazily tapping their feet,

Watching belly dancers gyrating to a reverberating drum beat.

Life processes as art
Life processes as art

Belly dancing is said to have evolved 6000 years ago;

Its intent far different than being an entertainment show.

A form of adulation and worship of a matriarchal deity;

Extolled womanhood and a female’s procreational ability.

Science as art
Science as art

The sinewy undulations and the deliberately effected spasms,

Bridge the millenia elapsed and the long transitional chasm,

And demonstrate their likeness to body movements at childbirth.

Belly dancing is more than just a means of pleasure and mirth.

Science as art
Science as art

Sinewy undulations and deliberately effected spasms,

Bridge the millenia elapsed and long transitional chasms;

Demonstrate likeness to body movements at childbirth.

Belly dancing isn't merely a means of pleasure and mirth.


Art and its related realms, to the feminine gender,

Traditionally has it been preserved, to render.

Nature too has been biased in its bestowal of traits;

Granting rigidity to one; gentleness to their fairer mates.


The Far East, with its veiled conventions has spawned,

A dedicated way of life that is undeservedly scorned.

An epitome of grace they are, Geisha the name they don;

It literally means a performing artist in Japanese lexicon.

Living art
Living art

A Geisha has to master a range of sophisticated talents;

In pursuit of which many of her early years are spent.

Singing and dance, calligraphy, and a keen eye for dress;

These, with charm and etiquette, spell a Geisha's success.

Change of avatar
Change of avatar

A century has seen the practice wane from when it was at its peak;

Resilience has seen it transform with a contemporary tweak.

To a stage performance highlighting culture for a mass audience;

The old art form has rebounded in step with a new cadence.


It is startling to realize how much the environment sways

Dispositions towards life, manipulated in strange ways.

It is also true that we perceive only what we want;

Life and us are reflections that incessantly each other haunt.

Vigor as art
Vigor as art

There are dance forms far from being subtle or gentle;

Despite their vigor and verve, are equally temperamental.

Endowed with a marked and strong masculine flavor;

The enthusiasm of male dancers, spectators get to savor.

Fast and furious
Fast and furious

The Cossack Dance is one of many examples of such a manifestation;

Reflecting the sense of freedom and splendour of Kazakhi imagination.

Their movements are replete with impulses inherent to a martial race;

The feeling of living life to the full radiates intensely from their face.

Art of procreation
Art of procreation

If there is one underlying current that sustains all life,

Which causes as well as solves every manner of strife;

It is the urge to procreate; to propagate one’s own;

And nurture the seed sown until to maturity it has grown.

Art of mating
Art of mating

Every emotion can be associated to this primary urge;

A languid sea of calmness; a momentous volcanic surge.

Vulgarity or sublimity are perceptions of the mental stance;

All actions are a part of an elaborate mating dance.


The term ‘mating’ transcends the mere physical sense,

It is a shadow of a deeper and exalted perseverance.

Yearning for completeness, longing for the unknown;

Quest for the eternal; to a pursuit, every soul is prone.

Art of dating
Art of dating

With flexibility in their generally rigid dating rituals,

Making for wonderful, amazing, and enchanting visuals;

Earth's denizens live life day after each exciting day;

Deluded, it is their wisdom, that leads them on their way.

Animal art
Animal art

To commemorate this consistently common behavioral streak;

Into exaggerated animal attires, man occasionally does sneak,

And attempts to relive their emotions, as he understands them.

Perhaps, animals endeavor so too! To ponder, it is a thought solemn.

Art adventure
Art adventure

Dances with an identity that is established and formal,

Are of three orders–Conjugal, Communal, Conventional.

For the first two, pairing and communion the defining themes;

Exhilaration of adventure, powers the third's exploratory dreams.

Conjugal art
Conjugal art

Salsa is one of the dance forms of the conjugal genre;

With racy young hearts - an undisputable winner.

Its saucy and spicy as its Spanish appellation suggests;

With a sense of vivacious fulfillment the dancers, it infests.

Art of waltz
Art of waltz

Waltz is yet another of this kind meant just for couples,

Where emotions are expressed in subdued ardent ripples.

In each other’s gentle grip, to the slow music they sway;

For those magical moments, wishing all troubles away.

Community art
Community art

Dandia and Garba are representations of animated community art,

Where individuals of all ages and gender unite with body, mind, and heart.

Demureness and abandon, dynamism and apathy are together spun;

There is a little bit of everything during these enthralling nights of fun.

Mesmeric art
Mesmeric art

The Congolese have their own distinct social dance forms;

Nonexclusive, improvised, imbued with ritualistic norms.

The inimitable African drum-beat always sets the tone;

Mesmerizing all into participation, leaving none alone.

Historical art
Historical art

Conventional and traditional, inevitably ancient and old;

Their origins irretrievably lost in time’s nondescript folds;

Steeped in religious views, flaunt a mystical touch;

The initiated see a spiritual treat; the ignorant not as much.

Artistic blends
Artistic blends

The Chinese with a history going back to the hoary past;

Have a long and rich tradition of the performing arts.

Managed continuity and change have they very well;

Preserving the essence, borrowing from the new, and keeping the derelict apart.

Martial arts
Martial arts

Modern Chinese dancing based on mythical origins;

Amalgamates essentials of a range of diverse disciplines.

Tai Chi, Kung Fu, ballet and a bit of Confucian thought;

To the wisdom of the past, a universal bearing it brought.

Preserved art
Preserved art

A classical dance form that has preserved its tenets intact;

Weathering modernity's influences; its inexorable impact;

Is the ages old Indian art of "Bharatanatyam";

With a repertoire straddling time and is utterly wholesome.

Gestural art
Gestural art

The universality of its elaborate collection of suggestive gestures,

That find resonance in contemporary works or ancient scriptures;

Bharatanatyam can be adapted to stage a forgotten mythical play,

Or enact - upon people's psyche , a leader's overwhelming sway.

The old and the new
The old and the new

Hundreds of other dance forms are jostling for space;

New ones spring up; new thought-trains get going apace.

Those that have outlived their utility slowly wither away,

Living on as adaptations in those that continue in the fray.

Dance of living: A painting by my daughter
Dance of living: A painting by my daughter

Each one of us is a work of art; Each inimitable and unique;

Each a paradigm of divinity; In each, the eternal, one can seek.

Each a prisoner of personal emotions; Each in their perpetual states of trance;

Each an artiste in their own right, because, to be alive – is to dance.

Your reflections please . . . .

© 2009 Ram Ramakrishnan



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      latimeria 3 years ago

      Good job with the 'Dance of Living',

      A delightful piece of work.

      The poem has lent a voice to thoughts,

      Which in many minds do lurk.

      And I being an ardent lover,

      Of both Poetry and Dance;

      Will express my appreciation in rhyming words,

      'Cause I never leave that chance. ;P ;)

      -Aarti Singh

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      lauxeck 4 years ago

      Your art dancing and your dancing words, simply alluring.


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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Exquisitely told story of dance. Enjoyable and informative. Loved it.

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      RuralFloridaLiving 5 years ago

      A lot of fun!

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      Dance is an expression of your inner feelings and moods. Dancing is also very therapeutic and is good exercise.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love the illustrations you used in this lens. Very dramatic.

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      tricomanagement 5 years ago

      Watching the dance lifts one higher

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Lovely lens and a nice reminder that dance indeed makes life more fluid.

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      elyria 5 years ago

      Absolutely breathtaking! I really enjoyed the amazing journey on this Lens!

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      What fun, and how true! I love the illustrations also - are you a graphic designer? Thanks for this great lens!

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      This is art and poetry in motion . . thorough and deep. Love it.

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      Ellen Mitchell 6 years ago

      I am please I came upon this beautiful work. Thank you.

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      Ellen Mitchell 6 years ago

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      lilkon 8 years ago

      When it comes to dancing, I have become too old fashioned to enjoy the latest, like "So You Think You Can Dance", etc. Dancing now-a-days looks more like aerobics....too jerky. Give me the Big Band music if you're asking me to dance.

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      grannysage 8 years ago

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      Cynthia Arre 8 years ago from Quezon City

      Very creative and cleverly presented! Your words, artworks and layout wonderfully reflect the beauty & fluidity of the dance of living. *blessed*

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      Y44GRAVES LM 8 years ago

      congrats on LotD

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      Congrats on LotD - amazingly beautiful!

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 8 years ago

      From the author to all wellwishers:

      To express my state of my mind, I have words, but a few;

      All that I can get myself to say now, is a big Thank you!.

      A combination of elation, of being overwhelmed and humbled,

      Is the feel of the situation, into which I seem to have stumbled.

      The abundance of affection upon me that has been bestowed

      Makes it harder to make a lens, now that a standard is owed.

      To live upto it, I shall honestly, meaningfully, and certainly strive;

      Together, as we try to make the world a better place to live and jive.


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      Interesting lens, never knew there were so many different types of dance. Also congrats on LOTD

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      Stunningly beautiful lens. I enjoyed your poetry and graceful artwork very much. 5*

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      SquidAngel blessings to the Dance of Living.

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      As the words dance to the fluid imagery, the profound thoughts undoubtedly spring forth from a fertile mind with a unique sense of observation. Absolutely wonderful. Thanks !

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What a wonderful poetic movement on Dance of Life ........


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      Leanne Chesser 8 years ago

      This is beautifully done! The diversity of dance and the expressions of humanity are fascinating. Thanks for sharing!

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