The classical dance form Bharatanatyam
Performed by disabled people on wheelchairs from the Ability Unlimited Foundation in India.
They write: “Today it is our privilege that the most respected classical dance form Bharatanatyam can be performed by disabled people on wheel chairs. The complete adavu (steps), jathi (combination of advus), thirmanams (sequence of pure rhythmic dance composed of adavu-jathis) are reinvented on wheels and these are performed with absolute precision. Wheel chairs have great advantage to perform many steps, to mention a few like rangakramana adavu (covering the stage), bhramari (spins), jaru adavu (sliding), with speed and precision. The spinning speed of a wheel chair is faster than an accomplished dancer’s spins! The speed on wheel chairs is about 100 kms/hr. They have excelled both in Nritta and Nritya.”
see more on http://www.abilityunlimited.com/
Ah, super-cool! Bharatanatyam is pretty physically taxing (you have to do many of the steps in a partial squat and/or perform quick partial splits, so your legs are like jelly at the end, but the arm movements aren’t easy either), so I never even imagined it done with wheelchairs. It is SO NEAT that it CAN be adapted that way!
The last sentence refers to the dancers’ ability to perform the core components of the dance style - Nritta (rhythm) and Nritya (telling a story through gestures and expressions) - so in addition to physically being able to perform a modified version of the dances, they’re saying they also beautifully convey the spirit of the dances as well, which is what dancers are judged by as well. (It’s like the “artistry” score.)
Statue of mass murderer Christopher Columbus topples in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.
Photo via Teri New Di
This is actually a statue of Diego de Mazariegos and it happened on the Christopher Columbus quincentennial, October 12, 1992. After toppling it the people bund and dragged it through the streets as the Spaniards did to the indigenous.
Basta!: Land and the Zapatista Rebellion in Chiapas
By George Allen Collier
and another source said:
The 1994 action was preceded by a symbolic protest march, appropriately enough on October 12,1992, “The Day of the Race.” According to Thomas Benjamin, “indigenous peoples in the colonial city of San Crist6bal de las Casas, in the southeastern Mexican state of Chiapas, reached its objective. In the courtyard of the beautiful baroque temple of Santo Domingo was the monument to the conquistador Diego de Mazariegos, founder of the city. One marcher knocked the statue off its base with a sledge hammer, and the crowd then beat it into fragments. Hundreds of marchers returned to their mountain homes with souvenirs of an unforgettable historical event. After surviving five centuries of systemic violence and exploitation, the natives of the highlands of Chiapas destroyed the premier symbol of their oppression. This event, along with other recent dramatic actions, has led one observer to remark that ‘they are living in a time
-from,”The Philadelphia Society
San Antonio, Texas
October 10-11, 2008
The Culture of Liberty in the Americas
"The Rekindle Candle is a candlestick holder which collects the melting wax to form a new candle. As the candle burns, melting wax drips from the candle and accumulates inside the transparent stem where a length of wick is centrally located. Once full, the new molded candle can be removed from the central section to start the process again."
whaaaaaaaaaat? I’m mesmerized by this.
Large sharks off Western Australia are now doing their part to keep surfers and swimmers safe–by sending tweets warning of their presence.
Scientists have fitted 320 sharks, many of them great whites, with transmitters that automatically issue warnings to the Surf Life Saving Western Australia’s Twitter feed when the tagged sharks approach within a kilometer of the coast’s popular beaches.
Ignore the Onion-like headline. Tagged sharks are sending out notifications when they approach shore, and that’s the coolest god damn thing I’ve read all morning.
I set up an alert on my computer to notify me whenever a tagged shark approaches so I can see it. I DON’T CARE THAT I AM 10,000 MILES AWAY IT’S FUCKING NEAT
you start by giving the sharks Twitter, and before you know it they’ll discover Facebook and no actual sharking will ever happen again
Japanese School Girls and Fake Dragon Ball Z Attacks!
The new DBZ film opens soon and it appears girls over in Japan are recreating some of the show’s signature moves!
I totally dig this!
OK, now we’re twinsies, Joaquim! Naga is ready to party with Bolin in style.
Happy Premiere Day, everyone!
P.S. Ha! I knew there would be people responding, “Why isn’t she wearing a dress?” What is this, 1950? Because she wanted to be twinsies with Bolin, because a black & white tuxedo looks great on a black & white polar bear-dog, and because she isn’t bound by social constructs. And I don’t share her taste for musicals, but she is a fan of Cabaret.
OH GOD I LOVE THIS GUY
Eight female state senators in Georgia walked out of the Senate chambers on Thursday to protest two bills that hinder access to abortion and contraceptives. All eight female democratic senators left the chambers together after two bills they oppose passed the Republican-led Senate. From Atlanta’s WXIA, the legislation:
- Prohibits state employees from using state health benefits to pay for abortions
- Does not allow employees of private religious institutions to demand that their insurance policies pay for contraceptives
“We stood together to protest what we feel is absolutely a war on women here in Georgia and we want to sound the alert to Georgians,” said Sen. Nan Orrick.
Republican state senator Joshua McKoon said of the legislation, “What I would say is the war that’s being waged is on a relative minority in this country that has strong beliefs that are protected by the First Amendment.”
The bills now heads to the House, whereboth are expected to pass.
The senators who walked out: Sen. Gloria Butler, Sen. Gale Davenport, Sen. Nan Orrock, Sen. Freddie Powell Sims, Sen. Donzella James, Sen. Miriam Paris, Sen. Valencia Seay and Sen. Horacena Tate. Looks like I’ll be spending my Friday night emailing these senators to thank them for taking a stance on an incredibly important issue.
..did I reblog this already? Well, doesn’t matter, I’m going to reblog it again…
Look at their faces. They’re furious. Also, why is “War on Women” displayed as a puzzled inquiry? It should go without saying that women are suddenly under attack.
“the war that’s being waged is on a relative minority in this country”
FUCKER WE ARE HALF THIS GODDAMN NATION
WE ARE HALF THE WORLD
These ladies are fucking awesome.