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Weekly Photo Challenge : Foreshadow, for excellence !

fore·shad·ow (/fôrˈSHadō/); Verb – An indication of (a future event).
Synonyms : presage – portend – forebode – augur – bode

The diligence with which every artist prepares for the performance, days before and also at the backstage, foreshadows the brilliance on the stage.

SPIC MACAY International Convention IIMC - Day 1
Guru Birju Maharaj (75), Kathak Maestro, getting ready for his performance

SPIC MACAY - 27th National Convention 2012, NIT Suratkal
Yakshagana artist, backstage doing his makeup

Dance - Anushree Mehta's Nritya Arohan
Anushree, a young artist, preparing for her first ever solo stage performance

Dance - Anushree Mehta's Nritya Arohan
Anushree, a young artist, preparing for her first ever solo stage performance

Kathakali - Duryodhana Vadham
Kathakali artist gets his looks, more importantly his eyes, before getting on to the stage

Jahan-e-khusrau 2013 : Kathak Danseuse Astha Dixit performs on Malini Awasthi's Vibrant Vocals
Accomplished Sufi Kathak exponent, Astha, before her performance at a prestigious sufi festival

Blogged select captures
Odissi dancer Singdha Shikha Pattajoshi, getting her ornamentation in place

The wonder that is INDIA - Indian Revival Group - Papiha Desai and Yog Sunder choreography
The wonder that is India, performed by accomplished dancers under India Revival Group

Human being has infinite potential. The journey of life is all about realizing that infinite potential.

The celebration of the human spirit takes the heights when one goes about his journey with single-minded pursuit of excellence.

It is about understanding of self, creating a vision, laying out a plan and executing it with dedication, determination and discipline.

As Malcolm Gladwell shares in his book ‘Outliers’, the world-class elite performers in any arena have invested well over thirty hours, week after week – single-mindedly and purposefully – either playing their instruments or practicing their art or pursing their passion or researching their subject – which amounts to at least ten thousand hours of practice before they are called world-class.
And the result at the end of those two decades is nothing less than supreme command on the subject, placing the practitioner one among the stars of the arena.

This post is all about this journey of pains and challenges, that of exuberance and ecstasy.
Come and join this journey of celebrating the human spirit.

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12 responses

  1. It works, particularly with the final photograph telling what the foreshadow led us to.

    August 4, 2013 at 1:39 pm

  2. Ah, Sreeni – what a wonderful series of backstage shots! Very special … each stage a step toward the performance 🙂

    August 4, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    • Thanks TWG for your kind words…

      I actually call this ‘Journey of infinity’ in my photography exhibitions on Dance. It is about the lifelong journey to realize our infinite potential !

      August 4, 2013 at 11:50 pm

  3. Suzanne

    What a fascinating series of photos.

    August 7, 2013 at 9:26 am

    • Thanks Suzanne for your kind appreciation. love.

      August 7, 2013 at 9:28 am

  4. promanee

    Just stunning man! Thanks for sharing such an amazing unseen beauty of the backstage up close.

    August 7, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    • Thanks promanee for your effusive appreciation 😉

      August 7, 2013 at 4:43 pm

  5. absolutely love every photo!!

    August 8, 2013 at 3:47 am

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