ART & FIRE
|wood Fire before performance of Soul Fire Dance of Nath Sampraday society.|
What is art ? this is a question to self or question to history writer’s . yes it is a question to our world too. In my view after study on time I can say art is a language of inner sound . by this language our hidden inner sound can come out very easily . in this language medium is our sensors and that’s activity . it can sound , dance, craft and some more medium s .its depend on performer what he or she will adopt for this language presentation . so in my view art is a language of inner sound .
Second question is . what is fire ? in simple word every one can say fire is medium of burn. Fire is on sun .but in philosophical view fire is something different its not only work for burn . Philosophical fire word is a definition of soul power its connected to human life and that’s aim . this philosophical fire we can see in crazy person , in passion of dedicated person , in soldier fight, in sportsman spirit over all we can say a committed person have this philosophical fire in his or her self.
|A burn charcoal in mouth of Fire dance performer|
I know you are thinking here why I am telling on art and fire definition with that’s different views ? it is a another question for me after this two paragraphs . so my friends I want to tell you a right example of this art & fire subject . I were observed it from a very old historical cultural folk dance . there I saw art and fire or that’s real definition.
I were saw that folk cultural performance very first in year 1998, in village Katriyasar , Bikaner . I were in B.F.A painting education in that time . I were went alone to that village for observed to live performance of fire dance . A cast NATH SAMPRADAY ( Society ) was performing that and they were saying God gave us this fire dance art as a blessing . there in village Katriyasar they have temple of that God DEVI MAA. There they performers were said to me no one can this performance After Nath Sampraday or without blessing of DEVI MAA.
|Performers of fire Dance|
Nath Families man’s are perform that fire dance in winter time on birthday of Devi MAA ( Shakti ) ( Symbol of Fire ) .that evening I were completely observed to that live performance as a visual artist or as a art observer . in three step they were completed to that performance . in first step prayer to god with folk dance that was own created dance style by Nath Sampraday . I were not seen that same dance in other community after Nath Samprday. They were dancing on music that was also different to other folk music . that performance was not for enjoyment that’s for prayer . after prayer dance performers were taking small burn charcoal in hand and then in his mouth . there women’s were not permitted . in third step they were performed to dance on fire . but they were not got burn condition on feet they were saying god is blessing on us when we perform it. ( God Is Great )
|Prayer by Folk Song before Performance of fire Dance|
It is a right logic of Nat Samprday performers . but in my view they all performer s are going deep unconsciousness there they are create soul fire . that fire make them crazy for performance and in that crazy performance they are forget to his self because they are follow to self inner fire . that inner fire come out by language of folk dance ,folk music and folk song ( BHAJAN ) .
They all performers were going for put out his self inner fire , in that performance motion they were not lived to his self , they were lived to his inner sound and expressing by his body performance . we are saying to that fire dance . actually that is a live and direct art presentation of expression by a traditional style .some experts and practiced person can do that very finely . because they know how to put out inner fire by fire dance in front side of god . they know that fire dance is a language of them for prayer to God ( SHAKTI ) they are show trust on god in that trust fire. they can dance on wood fire that wood fire can’t burn to them because they have very big fire in his self or that fire get cool by body activity and when they complete all kind of activity of body then they get cool in side by his self . today we are saying to that fire full activity or a art performance but actually that is a language or presentation of inner fire.
|Performers of fire Dance|
In 2008 when I were visiting to camel festival that time there NATH SAMPRADAY Society members were performed a live fire dance . that was in same process three step one by one and in last fire was converted in cool wood dust . there I were shoot to that performance as a visual documentation by my camera. I did got some visuals like paintings some visuals like theater art and that was a live street performance of folk art . I were focused on fire I were noticed there two fire one was visible or second was invisible . one wood fire could saw every one there, and second invisible fire I were observing through performance of Nath Samprday persons ( Art ) . here visual will prove it for your vision. Because there I were observed to art and fire .
Yogendra kumar purohit
Master of Fine Art