Frases de Rukmini Devi Arundale
Rukmini Devi Arundale
Data de nascimento: 29. Fevereiro 1904
Data de falecimento: 24. Fevereiro 1986
Rukmini Devi Arundale foi uma indiana teosofista, dançarina e coreógrafa da dança clássica indiana chamada de Bharatanatyam, além de uma ativista dos direitos e bem-estar dos animais.
Ela é considerada a revivalista mais importante da dança clássica indiana de Bharatanatyam pelo seu estilo original sadhir, prevalente entre os dançarinos dos templos, chamados Devadasis. Ela também trabalhou para o restabelecimento das artes e ofícios indianos tradicionais.
Apesar de pertencer a uma casta alta indiana, ela adotou a causa Bharata Natyam, que foi considerada uma arte baixa e vulgar no início dos anos 20. Reconhecendo a beleza e o valor espiritual desta forma de arte, ela não só aprendeu a dança, mas também a apresentou no palco, apesar dos fortes protestos públicos.
Rukmini Devi apareceu na lista da revista India Today das 100 pessoas que moldaram a Índia . Ela foi premiada com o Padma Bhushan em 1956, além do prêmio Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship em 1967.
Citações Rukmini Devi Arundale
„The demand for vegetarian food will increase our production of the right kind of plant foods. We shall cease to breed pigs and other animals for food, thereby ceasing to be responsible for the horror of slaughter houses where millions of creatures cry in vain because of man's selfishness. If such concentration camps for slaughtering continue, can peace ever come to earth? Can we escape the responsibility for misery when we are practicing killing every day of our lives by consciously or unconsciously supporting this trade of slaughter? Peace cannot come where Peace is not given.“
„Women have everything to do with bringing culture into everyday life, with the expression of it, with the helping and influencing of a nation, not only because they are mothers but also because they themselves are an example as individuals. The modern world needs a new force for the revitalizing of its ideals. India’s art has always been unconscious, unconscious of its own beauty, unconscious of others’ admiration, unconscious of the physical though expressed in Form. India is now beginning to be conscious and we do not know how to express ourselves consciously. A great dancer’s art must depend first on the life he or she expresses, secondly upon the beauty of technique and lastly only, upon its arrangement, costume, and presentation.... Though form, technique and skill are essential, great Art must have the impetus of genius, and inspiration. Then there is permanency.“
„To recreate the temple atmosphere on the urban stage, and thus to facilitate a new kind of seeing that would enable the spiritual revival of the dance.“
— Rukmini Devi Arundale
On the revival of 'sadir' dance form (which till then was the forte of the devadasis) she said on the settings of the theater for her performances quoted in "Rukmini Devi Arundale, 1904-1986: A Visionary Architect of Indian Culture and the Performing Arts", page 12
„Dance was really the art of the temple and that her temple theater was built with that purpose in mind. It has many features of the temple, and we have adopted as much as possible all the ideals enshrined in Natyashastra.“
— Rukmini Devi Arundale
On her "Kootahmabalam temple theater" set up in her hundred acre Kalakshetra, quoted in "Rukmini Devi Arundale, 1904-1986: A Visionary Architect of Indian Culture and the Performing Arts", page 14