A Little Travel Memory … Swirling Skirts and Indian Dancing

A local artist I met in Udaipur, India (who honest-to-god proposed marriage to me a few days later) insisted that I attend a cultural dance show while I was in the city. We had met on my wanderings around town, motorbiked through the city a bit with my cousin and his friend in tow. He hadn’t led me astray on previous tips so I took his advice and arrived just in time to squeeze into the front row of seats near the children’s area.

What I hadn’t realized was how much I would enjoy all the different elements of the staged cultural show. The dancing was gorgeous and this photo so perfectly points out one of my favorite aspects of India—the vibrant colors and ornate decorations.

Indian women dancing

My would-be suitor was waiting for me right after the performance, to ensure that I enjoyed the dancing and music, and we followed it the performance the only way you follow up anything in India—with a steamy cup of chai looking out over the Lake Palace. This is one of those unexpectedly pleasant memories because I don’t often go to the staged events as I travel. I’m not sure why either, because although it’s lovely to happen-upon an event as I pass through a town, there are elements of festivals, celebrations, and traditions that I can only bear witness to by attending the staged shows.

In this case it was great, a lot of fun, and the women were beautiful. Add to it that I dodged the proposal days later and Udaipur was a highlight on my India travels.

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20 Responses to A Little Travel Memory … Swirling Skirts and Indian Dancing

  1. Savaari November 13, 2010 at 5:14 am #

    I love folk dance. The way the artists move their hands is so lovely. I always appreciate their work. They are really dance very well.

    • Anonymous November 14, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

      I agree :) The cultural dances and festivals with displays of traditional
      dancing are a highlight of spending time in India.

  2. Indian Bazaars November 12, 2010 at 9:00 am #

    Nice picture!

    • Anonymous November 12, 2010 at 1:12 pm #

      Thank you! :)

  3. Manu Stanley November 9, 2010 at 12:11 pm #

    Nice to see that you had a wonderful time in Udaipur.
    I had been to Udaipur a couple of years ago. Its a small city with friendly people. The 3-wheeled”auto-rickshaw” driver who took us for local sight-seeing believes that there’s something magical with the water of Udaipur.He says that once you taste the water of Udaipur, you’ll definitely come back for another visit. Well, I haven’t paid a second visit, but yes it is worth another visit. :)

    • Anonymous November 9, 2010 at 6:19 pm #

      I did not know that about the water in Udaipur – maybe that’s why I enjoyed
      the city so much! :-) It’s such a charming little city and as you say,
      really friendly people!

  4. Jodi Ettenberg November 8, 2010 at 4:01 am #

    Lovely photo and so evocative with all of its colours and movement. You can create a whole story around a picture like this, but even better to know your own story that goes along with it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Anonymous November 8, 2010 at 7:11 pm #

      Thanks Jodi! You can always count on India for photo with a whole lotta
      color and movement :)

  5. Jason November 6, 2010 at 2:01 am #

    Shannon, the dance that you witnessed, looked like an amazing photo opportunity. The colours are vivid, and the background is authentic to the shot, and does not impact on your image. I’m interested, how many times were you proposed to in India? Just the once, or were there other encounters?

    • Anonymous November 6, 2010 at 1:24 pm #

      Thanks so much for the kind words Jason! I just loved the way the women’s
      dresses swirled in the photo :) As for the marriage proposals…there were
      a couple who got *almost* to that point in the 6 wks I was there – but I
      began to recognize it and backpedal rapidly when it happened, lol. My cousin
      kept telling me to reel in the friendliness…but instead I just accepted
      the occasional *over-friendliness.* Perhaps I shouldn’t go back or I’ll be
      writing this blog permanently from India! ;-)

  6. GlobalButterfly November 3, 2010 at 2:36 pm #

    This photo is just gorgeous!!! I looooove the colors of India. Did your suitor propose with a ring???

    • Anonymous November 3, 2010 at 10:07 pm #

      Thanks Andi! No ring in sight for the proposal, but there was some awkward
      hand-holding on a rooftop overlooking the lake and lots of flattering words!

  7. Lori Henry November 2, 2010 at 9:10 pm #

    Ah, I can just see the women’s movements through this photo. What a treat! (The dancing, not the marriage proposal! Well, unless you liked him…)

    • Anonymous November 3, 2010 at 10:05 pm #

      I could have done without the suitor :) lol but he makes the memory more
      fun, so I guess I look back on the ridiculousness fondly!

  8. a wandering sole November 2, 2010 at 7:43 pm #

    What beautiful costumes! This photo reminds me of a dance I went to in Egypt… it looks like a fun time (complete with a would-be suitor and all!)

    • Anonymous November 3, 2010 at 10:04 pm #

      It was great! – and the suitor makes for a fun story when it comes up, so I
      don’t begrudge him either ;-)

  9. Erica Kuschel November 2, 2010 at 7:43 am #

    The fabric and colors are phenomenal! Sounds like an amazing time.

    • Anonymous November 2, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

      Thanks Eric – the traditional clothes in India – even not on a festival or
      dance day are just so gorgeous, their fabrics and colors are consistently
      beautiful. :)

  10. zablon mukuba November 1, 2010 at 6:07 pm #

    i love indian dances, they are very beautiful

    • Anonymous November 1, 2010 at 8:51 pm #

      Agreed, the bright colors and live music make them a lot of fun!

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