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THE ART OF PLAY

KARISHMA NAINA  (click here to know more about this blogger)

In a world consumed by consumption where “work is the new play” and play is a dirty four-letter word that’s exercised in full effect mostly on the weekends, it feels almost sacrilegious to be a part of an industry where to play is our means to work. 

Sitting in our apartment, it’s crazy monsoons outside and inside the atmosphere is just as electric, if not a tad bit eccentric. The apartment is crowded with dance choreographers and performers preparing a stage show that Shibani Dandekar has conceptualized and is producing. Suddenly the doorbell rings with a hyperactive Rhea Chakraborty who has been called for a final audition for the lead opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Farah Khan’s “New Years Eve”.  The audition requires Rhea to not only do a scene but also a dance to “Chikni Chameli” and so she has come over to learn a few steps from Shibani and now coincidentally a team of dance choreographers. 
 
Her confidence and laissez faire attitude is very refreshing and I wonder if it’s the fact that she is only 20 years old and uninhibited by the cumbersome burdens that latch onto us as we grow older or maybe it’s just the fact that she is on a magnificent roll and knows she’s got it going on! Whatever it is, she’s ready to hit the ground running with her audition, just as Shibani is ready to explore a new territory and push the boundaries with her show. 
 
On one end of the room, Rhea is taught the moves and marks her steps over and over again. While on the other end Shibani watches over her screaming out “It’s all in the eyes, Rhea, just work on the eyes”. She then maps out the vision that is in her head, sketching out every minute detail of how her show will come into fruition, never once abandoning Rhea. In the noisy madness of Chikni Chameli and show chatter, in walks Keith Sequiera, the charismatic former B4U VJ and anchor of many TV shows, who is busy talking to his PR team about the premier of his movie “Sixteen”. The film has garnered a positive response already from the promo’s alone and Keith is frantic with interviews and articles. 
 
I’m lapping up the energy around me and at the same time trying to organize with a photographer, reference images for my underwater shoot the following week. Shooting underwater is an art unto itself and a lot of preparation is going into this shoot. My whatsapp beeps with a msg from an actor friend in New York who is shooting for his film about baseball and cricket and it just occurs to me that I am surrounded by so much creativity bursting on every level. 
 
While the world is out at work, we are out at play but it just so happens that our play; singing and dancing, acting, writing and dressing up, is our work. We get paid to spend our days at play. The more we play, the better we get at it and the more play comes our way. A feeling of guilt sweeps over me as I think about how so many people hate their jobs and wake up not wanting to go to work that day. In the unpredictable and unstable environment that we live in, in this industry, all we do is dream of work. Our want for work supersedes our want for play because we are already at play. 
 
The night before last I went to hangout with a friend, Shibani Kashyap, who was performing at a corporate event. Post her event in the same building was a performance by Abhijeet Sawant, which we managed to catch the last five minutes of. I came back home feeling incredibly happy and emotional that I got to see these two performers at play. It may sound rather dramatic but it’s just so amazing to see people doing what they love, it sends a shiver down my spine, in a good way. 
 
There is absolutely no feeling in the world like living your dreams (even if there are trials and tribulations involved) and spending your days consumed by your passions. There is a true fluidity and magic about it, it’s hard to explain. To me that is God at work, while we play and that is why we crave that play so badly. As they say, all work and no play makes John a dull boy! 
 
Thank You God for blessing me with the ability to work hard at the art of play.  
 
@KarishmaNaina
 
 
 
 
27-JUNE-2013
 
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2 Comments
 
28-JUNE-2013 S Gautam
Fabulously written K.
 
 
27-JUNE-2013 Nandini Guha
You have a great, positive frame of mind!!
 
 
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