South Asian Dance

South Asian Dance

By

Dr. G. Rauf Roashan

 

Her eyes are black

Her red dress of silk

She swirls and swirls

And spreads out her white arms

Flirtatiously

 

Her long fingers

Want to converse with the air

That wants to clasp

 Her vivacious body

 

They want to tell of passion

Of want, of carnal needs of the spirit

 

Her body fills

The red dress with desire

 

Her eyes talk

Call closer

And send away, at the same time

And her cascade of long curls

Tie innumerable hearts to her

 

Her tempting dance

Nullifies all former repentances

And breaks all other allegiances

 

Oriental South Asian dance is the tale

Of secrets and mysteries

 

‘T’is the tale of love

The tale of wishes

A tale of thousands of unmet desires

And the tale of aspirations and longings

‘T’is a tale of bodies and souls

 

Each step an expression

Each movement of hands a book of desire

Each glance

Each smile, a story of love

Ecstatic in nature

 

Each movement of the body

A non-spoken invitation to compassion

Shrouded in acceptable garment

Of social behavior overshadowed by music

That shapes all wishes and desires