Mr. Deboo, the Dancer

I wait as part of the audience for Astad Deboo’s much anticipated dance program at Inventure Academy…

Dancing means something different to everyone. But dance is perceived by the majority as a form of entertainment –  of simply something to enjoy. Dance though, has one aspect that has long been forgotten: freedom. We forget that dance doesn’t have boundaries. Logically speaking, everything has boundaries in the physical world. But if you look deeper,  perhaps you see that dance is an unlimited or never ending stretch of creativity and meaning.

“When I bring it to thee as my offering thou rewardest me with thy grace”

I would have thought that every dance has its own, unique style. But after watching Mr. Deboo’s second dance performance, I learn that Astad Deboo doesn’t have just a style of dance, he has a genre.

In my opinion Dance and philosophy have a very strong, but invisible link. Mr. Deboo’s dances make that link much easier to understand. The slow music, the dramatic expressions on the dancer’s faces and carefully designed movements have a much deeper meaning. The balance, the stillness and the co-ordination are all so precise. They have a much stronger effect on one’s mind.

I used to think that dance can be perfected by practice. Just practice. Astad Deboo, proves me wrong. Practice, is of course an essential ingredient, but along with it you require determination, the hunger to do your best and great deal of understanding.  Without all these (and perhaps a couple more), dancing is confined to just entertainment. When Mr. Deboo’s Dancers visited us on Tuesday, we were awe-struck.

“If no one answers to your call go your way alone”

The dancers, who were originally children from the streets, proved themselves to be excellent dancers, with patience, intensity, and lots of skill. They, along with Mr. Deboo, preformed “Interpreting Tagore” for us. It was a marvelous piece which created lots of excitement among the students and teachers both!

Manasi Rao

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