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~Kuchipudi~

Kuchipudi is a classical Indian dance known for its dramatic nature and distinctive for its use of speech and singing. It is named after the village, Kuchelapuram, in the Krishna district in South India. According to legend, the dance was founded by an orphan called Siddhendra Yogi.

A typical Kuchipudi dance combines music, dancing and acting to present a scene from a Hindu scripture, myth or legend. It includes worship rituals and invocations of the gods and goddesses, devotion being the key element in the choreography of the dance. The purpose of Kuchipudi is to emphasize bhakti, which is the worship and devotion toward the Hindu gods, and to connect devotees and deities through dance.

~Kathakali~

Kathakali is an ancient form of theater that originated in the state of Kerala in India. This Sanskrit word literally means “story play.” It is one of the oldest theater forms in the world and is distinguished by the elaborate makeup and costumes that the performers wear, as well as the symbolic gestures and dance movements.

The kathakali themes are based in Hinduism and yogic philosophy. The stories typically come from ancient narratives, like the “Mahabarata” and the “Ramayana,” and the scriptures called the Puranas.

~Jai~

Jai is a Hindi word, directly translated as ‘victory’. Derived from the Sanskrit word jaya, Jai is the modern Indian pronunciation, used as ‘hail to’ someone, or to indicate praise and admiration. The word jaya has ancient roots, appearing in Vedic literature such as in Atharvaveda and in post-Vedic literature such as the Mahabharatat.

Jai can be used either as a prefix to a person or deities’ name as a mark of respect, or alone as an exclamation equivalent to “victory to all that is good.” Jai may also be used as a parting comment in everyday communication, similar to wishing someone godspeed in English.

Sacred Geometry {1} ~ What Is It?

Many teachings have described Sacred Geometry as the blueprint of creation and the genesis, the origin of all form. Sacred geometry is considered an ancient science that explores and explains the energy patterns that create and unify all things and reveals the precise way that the energy of creation organizes itself. It is said that every natural pattern of growth or movement comes back to one or more geometric shapes.

The molecules of our DNA, the cornea of our eye, snowflakes, flower petals, crystals, a shell, the stars, the galaxy we spiral within, the air we breathe, and all life forms are created out of geometric codes.