Form of Beauty
Shruti Nambiar : Thu Mar 15 2012, 01:54 hrs
There is one essential ingredient to 33-year-old Korean dancer, Soo Hee Cho's method - spontaneity. Even in her halting English, she emphasises that point repeatedly. She hardly ever rehearses before a performance, and once on stage, her focus is only on being herself. "Even I don't know what's going to happen," she laughs. "Every performance of mine is different. It is about me dancing my own dance, sharing my reaction from moment to moment." This ambiguity about her pursuit is part of understanding her dance, which sticks to no particular form or style.
For her most recent performance at Ishanya Mall, Cho combined fluid movements with spontaneous painting and live music. As her slender frame moved in undecided fashion to instrumental music and mantras, she swathed colours on cream-coloured sheets of cloth hung in the background. "For me, dance is as much therapy as meditation. I believe that true creation happens the moment the dancer allows himself to disappear into movement," she says.
Born in Seoul and trained in traditional forms of dance, Cho's approach changed when she came to India in 2004. She dabbled in yoga and vipasana and got associated with the Osho Ashram. But nothing really helped her cause until she discovered active meditation through dance. This is when she drew a distinction between the dance "for entertainment" that she had been doing so far, and dance as therapy. "Most dance forms, be it modern ballet, Korean dance or contemporary, are coming from 'out' to 'in'. For me, dance is about using the qualities of the body. We forget about breathing, grace and beauty; my dance is about reminding ourselves that," she says.
Cho has since then propagated the idea that anyone can dance, and that natural, uninhibited movements are therapeutic. She is currently in the process of completing a doctorate from Pune University on meditation and dance, and has developed a concept she calls Mind/Body Management Education (MBME). She also divides her time between Korea and India, conducting stress management classes. "I believe I'm more a dance therapist. I work with groups. I feel more energies are created when we dance together," she says.
‘I started treating the sport like it was a job’
Bangalore, Mar 7, 2012, DHNS:
Not enjoying the best form over the last few years, Shiv Kapur feels he needs to start loving the game rather than treating it as a daily job if he is to rediscover his touch.
“I just started to get frustrated due to the lack of results,” Kapur, who shot to limelight when he won an individual gold medal at the 2002 Asian Games as a 20-year-old amateur, said on Wednesday.
“I was too bothered about the results and just forgot to enjoy the game like I did when I was a child. The game used to be so much more fun and somewhere down the line, I started treating it like a daily job -- although that’s what it is for me at the end of the day.
“However, post my visit to the Osho ashram in Pune, I’ve begun to look at the game differently. I’m beginning to enjoy it and I am not too worried about what happens in the end. After a certain point, you know what to do but you still fail. It’s all in the head and I’ve realised it.
I used to put myself in good positions for the weekend rounds but couldn’t get the job done. It really hurt me and my stint at Osho helped me rediscover the joy,” added Kapur, who began the Louis Philippe Cup with a fine four-under 68, the joint highest score of the day.
Kapur, who has had a mixed start to the season, said his focus for the year will be the European Tour. “My primary goal right now is Europe, although I will play a few tournaments in Asia.
The best players in the world are from Europe, as the rankings testify. Obviously, prize money matters, but at the same time, the level of the field you are playing against is important. In Europe, you have the best players competing, and playing against them will only help you improve.
“It might sound cliched, but I’m now taking it tournament by tournament. I’ve not set any targets for the season, although I would like to win everything I play in. The focus now is to play good golf every week and give it my all. Things then should take care of themselves.”
Osho Dhyan Mandir: Where Your Soul Can Find Ultimate Solace
by HOTELREVIEWWRITER on MARCH 5, 2012
How does it feel when somebody offers you a rose? Don’t you get immersed in the beautiful fragrance of the flower? Have you ever imagined how would it feel if you simply walk through a bush of thousand roses? Even if you don’t touch the flowers, the smell will catch you. Once you come out of the bush the smell will not leave you. You will find the smell all around you. That is what exactly happened to you when you delve deeper into the world of meditation. The effect is subtle than rose fragrance. But it is more powerful.
Life has become very complicated these days and people try to find solace in every possible way. This is the reason that therapeutic tours are gaining huge popularity and one of the best places in the world that is famous for therapeutic tours is India. Now India is a huge country and it has too many options when it comes to therapeutic treatment both physical and mental. If mental peace is what you are looking for a visit to Osho Dham, Delhi can be the ultimate option for you. It is one of the most renowned Delhi attractions among tourists who are in search of solace.
Located in the outskirt of Delhi, about 30 miles from the heart of the city, Osho Dhyan Mandir was founded by Bhagwan Rajneesh. Though Osho Dham didn’t get much popularity during his lifetime, ten years after the death of the founder it started attracting visitors not only from the subcontinent but from all over the world.
If you are a troubled soul searching for serenity visiting Osho Dham is one of the best things to do in Delhi for you. Created in tune with nature, you will find lush greenery all around once you come to Osho Dham. The clean and quite environment, the aesthetic beauty of the place helps the mediators to concentrate on their inner journey.
Osho Dham encourages both individual and team meditation. Beautiful space has been created both indoor and outdoor so that peace seekers can go deep into the path of self awareness through meditation. The gurgling of fountains and water bodies and the chirping of the birds can easily take you to the world of utmost tranquility and serenity. Open all round the year the place can accommodate over 150 mediators at a time.
People at Osho Dhyan Mandir practice various kinds of meditations such as:
• Dynamic Meditation
• Kundalini Meditation
• Nataraj Meditation
• Nadabrahma Meditation
• Nodimensions Meditation
• Gourishankar Meditation
• Mandala Meditation
• Whirling Meditation
Staying in any hotel Delhi is something any tourist can do. But staying in Osho Dham will be a lifestyle experience for you. Especially if you wish to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city and get lost into the world of utmost serenity staying in Delhi hotels is not the right choice for you. You should rather spend a few days in Osho Dham and your tired soul will be rejuvenated.
Songs of the Mystics
Suanshu Khurana,Suanshu Khurana
When Pune-based dancer Zia Nath began to twirl as a little girl, it made her feel special. By the time she started to understand dance, she considered contemporary forms as her forte. But a Gurdjieff Sacred Dance session at Pune’s Osho Centre converted her. “Gurdjieff was an Armenian mystic who stumbled upon Sufi temples in Central Asia. After I saw that performance, I decided to do that for life. I learnt the concept of whirling dervishes from Gurdjieff’s followers and merged it with Odissi,” says Nath, whose performance is slated for Day 3 of Jahan-e-Khusrau, the three-day festival to commemorate the death anniversary of Sufi saint, Hazrat Amir Khusrau.
The annual festival, the brainchild of director-designer-writer Muzaffar Ali, is organised in collaboration with the Delhi-based Rumi Foundation. On Friday, the festival opened with Vidhi Sharma’s recital of Khusrau, followed by a Kathak performance by Vidhi Lal and Shivani Sharma. The finale performance was by Hans Raj Hans.
The second day, today, begins with Indira Naik’s recital, followed by a collaboration between Italian flautist Andrea Griminelli and sarangi player Murad Ali. “We collaborate on Man Kunto Maula, one of Khusrau’s most famous poems,” said Murad. Besides, actor-composer Ali Zafar will also perform on Day 2.
This year, the audience has a reason to worry, owing to the non-availability of tickets and passes. “This is against the concept of Sufism. It is supposed to be a pathway to God, not a cultural propaganda,” rued Geetika Ganju, a corporate executive. When contacted, Ali replied, “The festival is an effort to have as many people attend the concerts as possible. However, a lot of tickets are taken by sponsors, while some are given free with CDs. So my hands are tied.”
All said and done, all eyes will be fixed on Abida Parveen, whose rhythmic rendering of Sufi poetry of various saints is known to be an experience in itself. “Hers is the finale performance. We are hoping for a wonderful concert,” said Ali.
The festival is on at Humayan’s Tomb till March 5
New international movie on Osho and sex
Source: Dailybhaskar.com | Last Updated 18:32(26/03/12)
We did not see this coming. There is a movie being planned on the lines of controversial spiritual guru Osho’s ideologies. And at the helm is Nalin Singh, who scripted the critically acclaimed ‘Gandhi to Hitler’ last. The movie is reportedly being co-scripted by Arunesh Ranjan. The movie will be treated in an international manner.
According to Wikipedia, Osho was an Indian mystic, guru, and spiritual teacher who garnered an international following. He was a professor of philosophy, who traveled throughout India in the 1960s as a public speaker. His outspoken criticism of socialism, Gandhi and institutionalised religions made him controversial. He also advocated a more open attitude towards sexuality: a stance that earned him the sobriquet "sex guru" in the Indian and later international press.
Nalin Singh has reportedly stated that the movie revolves around a hit rock band which searches for nirvana. He further said that the film is about sex, God and rock and roll. It is an international project that he has had in his mind for years. He summed up by saying that it was a difficult task to fictionalise Osho’s story. This is one movie that we all want to watch. Soon.