The dances of Pakeezah are of course quite extraordinary and are in tune with the exquisite lyrics. Here Kamal Amrohi deliberately develops a unique style in which rather than the fast chatpata rhythms with a superficial kathak base, he uses a languorous, deliberate and rigourous classical style. As mentioned earlier, the two dances in Gulabi Mahal are unlike many filmi mujra numbers. Meena Kumari makes herself an object of desire by distancing herself from her admirers, presenting herself as a prize difficult to obtain instead of flirting with them seductively as done in many mujra numbers. Even Rekha in her ‘Dil cheez kya hai' in Umrao Jaan is more forward than Meena Kumari in her mujra.
—Meghnad Desai, Pakeezah
In the songs “Chalte Chalte” and “Thare Rahiyo” which Sahibjaan performs amidst the grandeur of Gulabi Mahal, she frequently isolates herself from her patrons both physically and mentally. Though there are many subtle addresses to them, as the text says, she still places herself at a distance. I think the most expressively different part of these two mujras however, is the way Sahibjaan (and Meena Kumari in her trademark way) claims her space or her stage, despite always being painfully conscious of how societal standards deem her an “impure” woman and thus undeserving of such a privilege. In these songs she tends to spend long scenes facing away from her audience and even leisurely walking around the scenic Gulabi Mahal, further and further away from the patrons. And frequently her thoughts are led to her ongoing infatuation with a stranger which, while melding seamlessly into the themes of the songs, also shift the knowledgeable viewers’ perception of her performance as one of self-contemplation rather than entertainment. This atmosphere and Sahibjaan’s control of performing space is different from many other “courtesan dramas” that were popular throughout the 20th century, which usually showed crowded, cramped spaces where the raucous male gaze surrounded and intruded that stage.
Jearmin Week Day 5: Wedding
Hair color reference chart. It’s not perfect, but from what I could gather it’s pretty accurate.
dont let the fanfic writers see this
"airbenders are able to warm themselves with only their breathing"
ok so this explains why katara and sokka were bundled up in parkas galore while aang was just walking around in his little jump suit like it was a perfect summer evening. I’m so glad this was cleared up. I literally thought Aang’s optimistic attitude is what kept him warm, heavens.
The tea has been spilled and it’s scalding
If Linkin Park plays in the forest and no one is around to hear it, in the end, does it even matter?
I’ve received a lot of letters from artists asking to check out their artwork and their blog, and I’ve noticed that a lot of them openly write unhealthy amounts of negative comments about their artwork, it was super depressing, honestly. :(
Confidence plays a very very important role as an artist, it’s what helps us learn and grow without the constant feeling of doubt and jealousy! You are a unique individual who must go down your own unique path, and as scary as it sounds, you can’t rely on others to hold your hand all the way through. You are the only one who can get yourself to where you need to go, and beating up your artwork is not the way! Trust yourself and your abilities to make a change, and you can do anything!!
Love your art, love yourself!
if i ever misgender you or use slang (bro, man, gurl, dude) that makes you feel even slightly uncomfortable please tell me because your gender identity and comfort is more important than any word i may use to refer to you