My little girl loves to dance. So the performance was for the revered Mahadewa Mela, as an offering before the very Dance God himself. If dancing is an art form, an equal effort has to be put in for make up and dress.
Thus began the dressing up of Shiva. Since it was winter and leopard prints had long been out of favour, we decided on a white and red Kathak dress combination. The school sweater, in red, came in handy too. The Lord was known to have long tresses and so along with her own hair, was attached a snake like twisting hair piece. One cannot conjure up serpents for performance- but imagination helped to twist bracelets and beads into appropriate shapes and snakes. Rajasthani bangles and anklets looked remarkably like Shiva’s adornments. By the time I sketched the third eye, my little one looked like a miniature version of a female Shiva- albeit a slightly plump one!
To give her due credit, she did a great job. Before the shiva linga on the stage, my Shiva danced to “Jatatavigalajjala pravahapavitasthale
Galeavalambya lambitam bhujangatungamalikam… ” On one occasion when the Lord had to sit and prounce up, she lost her balance and smiled gracefully before confidently executing the next pirouette meticulously. I told myself strictly that I am going to remove chocolates from her snacks.
The resolution , stout as it was, lasted for exactly five minutes. After performing a second song along with her teacher, she skipped to my side and and reached out for cashew nuts.
” Shiva almost lost balance on stage today…” I said, grinning.
“Like you at my age? Dancing the Kaliya mardanam? Kaliya stood upright and Krishna fell off the stool?”
This Shiva was not an easy one to be trounced. She also had a eidetic memory!
” Wow, sweetie…you danced so well…” Said the colleagues, congratulating her. She was gifted chocolates.
Recently, the dentist peered into her tooth and tut tutted: ‘nasty cavity, little girl!’
Before I could snarl, I told you so, she piped up: ” Been getting lots of chocolates for dancing Doctor Uncle!”
Shiva’s tummy and Shiva’s teeth are under strict control now. Both the stage and the mother, are very grateful to the serene acceptance by the Lord.
To the nice dentist , she promised that she would lose neither tooth nor her balance in the future performance . Next time, she is dancing as Radha. The storm clouds are gathering and Krishna is teasing her. Cannot afford to show the gaps in her teeth or lose the charmer to other women, can she, because of chocolates?