Symbolism an important aspect of Indian culture: Dr Sonal Mansingh: The Tribune India

Neha Saini

Tribune press service

Amritsar, December 16

Sharing how she performed inside a hangar as fighter jets took off from Kargil in 1999, dance performer Dr Sonal Mansingh was at her best as she interacted with a crowd of spectators at the exclusive Phulkari-Women of Amritsar session.

She explained how her troop organized a special performance for the soldiers on the front lines. “I believe that Indian soldiers and classical dancers can withstand the same level of pain and force,” she said. Dr Sonal Mansingh’s session focused primarily on culture and its interpretations. She said that with dancing she also learned the intrinsic values ​​of Indian culture.

“The simplest and most important aspect of our culture is namaste or namaskar. The gesture of crossing hands out of respect and greeting someone also has a deeper meaning. When we fold our hands and bow our heads in namaste, we create a magnificent hast mudra, let go of our arrogance by tilting our head, and offer respect with grace. We also offer the energy of the left half or the female half and the right half or the male half together and squeeze the fingertips which represent the five elements to create a full circle of energy, ”he said. -she explains.

She also explained the meaning of Bharat through dance concepts. “Bharat cannot be understood in English because the language is the repository of traditions and cultural values. If you break down Bharat, Bha-means Bhaav (expression, feelings), Ra-means raaga (symbolizing love and harmony) and Ta-means Taal (rhythm). We need to understand these tiny but meaningful details of our culture and put them into practice to ensure their continuity, ”she said. She said this symbolism is an integral part of our culture.

Dr Mansingh, who is also a member of Rajya Sabha and a recipient of Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan, said every citizen should learn Indian dance forms, whether classical or folk. “These are the traditions that must link the generations through time. There are many gestures and mudras that we learn that have spiritual and physical symbolism. Dancing also helps to educate individuals, as does the practice of yoga or meditation.

Dr Sonal Mansingh is now primarily engaged as an art educator and cultural activist. Deepa Swani, President of Phulkari, said: “Dr Sonal Mansingh is a legendary figure who has made great contributions to Indian art and culture. Sharing her knowledge with the citizens of our city was a great opportunity to learn from her and enjoy a stimulating evening.

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