Savvy Raj

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The will to live…

Ikigai (生き甲斐, pronounced [ikiɡai]) is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being”. The word refers to having a direction or purpose in life, that which makes one’s life worthwhile, and towards which an individual takes spontaneous and willing actions giving them satisfaction and a sense of meaning to life.

Which of these are your ikigai or will/reason to live and be?

Feel free to choose the first 3 and share .

The reason to be…

1To not perish without a passion
2To not miss all the great deeds
3To sample all the great senses
4.To ride on, no matter the storms
5.To never back down
6.To dare to dream, no matter
7.To be unconventional
8.To love unconditional
9.To see hope beyond all odds
10.To tune inwards and sense wellbeing
11.To choose health in every now
12.To learn as much as you can
13.To understand life in the living
14.To rebel and be free of the mundane
15.To make a name and garner fame
16 To make merry till the light shines
17.To be a reason for others to live
18.To play with life and risk it all
19.To live in this now no matter what
20.To protect my ones from harms way
21.To sense love living life lovingly
22.To explore and see the far off lands
23.To lead others and create prosperity
24.To act upon every possibility
25.To show the way for others to follow

The will to live …

Whatever is your reason or will to be may be, may you find happiness and contentment in your chosen path.
Life often challenges and surprises you
So make each moment matter as you live.

And not for single day
Just exist without living
Such is the will to live.

Savvy


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In Synchrony

Today I am happy to be sharing both my vision and my verses in synching with the flow… Have enjoyed this process of many learnings in blending my art to merge and emerge along the way… 

I would love to have your feedback on both my painting and poetry.  

 

Presenting My Artwork  Synchrony.
 Music Credits: Lara’s Theme  Song Dr. Zhivago  

In Synchrony

What is it that powers and energizes our movements?
What calms and eases us in.
All is, in the flow…
Of our breath in this now.

And how it can flow enveloping  and encompassing,
Connecting and complementing each other like an elegant dance!In the inhale and exhale

All is in the learning
To flow and dance with life!
In Synchrony!

Savvy

 


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The Art of Envisaging

Creativity births and shapes itself through artists, time after time in eternity.

Art is a deeply personal experience and yet quite symbolic to a generation in time.

What today constitutes the Modern & Contemporary Art will soon become relics of the past that tried to catch up on the times.

Here is one such simple artistic vision in recent times that moved a chord in me.

What a particular work of art makes you feel, is more important than what it looks like.

Wouldn’t you agree?

What makes you turn towards an art?

What kind of artworks attract you?

Savvy


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What did you see first?

I came across this arresting piece of artistry

That evokes many emotions…

This is a beautiful gem of a sculpture.

What did you see in this artwork first?

There are two birds depicted by this amazing artist.

Which bird caught your eye first?

For me it was the lustre in wings of the bird on top that caught my eye .

What about you?

Any contemplations on this?

Do share!

Savvy


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Art speaks

Art speaks…
When does the artist know the art is complete?
Is there something as complete for an artist at all?
For art evokes endless possibilities in creativity…💙
Savvy

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A humble dedication!

A humble dedication on Father’s Day

‘Thank you Dad for sharing with me this ‘Magic of Dance’

Sharing fond memories.

Dancing Nostalgia

Learning to dance is indeed a labor of love and I cherish every moment . How privileged are we to share this indescribable Magic of Dance.

Hoping to continue to take this beautiful art of Dance to empower more and more people to sense and love the beauty of every movement in the moments called Life.

Savvy

Happy Fathers Day! God Bless Dads!

This is one of those moments when writing and sharing stories from our lives bring us a deep sense of connection… with our readers and ourselves in gratitude for the learnings. And there is that sense of magic sensed in our hearts which evokes poignant feeling of fond memories of the people that are attached to it.

Savvy


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There is…

Who says the page is empty?
There is poetry that is waiting to emerge

Who says the mind is blank?
There are surging thoughts full of potential.

Who says there is stillness in the silence
Stillness is overflowing with movements.

Who says the night is dark
There is light awaiting dawn!

A blank canvas is full of possibilities
Of creativity in all its flourishes in the flow.

There is the color of hope
There are patterns arising in perspectives.

There is forming and shaping of things to come
There is composition awaiting the sensing
All it needs is your faith in the envisioning.

For faith is all there is
In faith there is everything!

Savvy


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Life is a Waltz

Life is a dance

In learning the flow

Waltzing the waves

As they come and go.

Take this Waltz

Life is a journey

Of the rise and the fall

Of the swing and the sway

Waltzing through time.

Life can be like a waltz

Shaping through the moves

Of souls stepping in tandem

Of tuning in the synchrony.

Life is a waltz

Through the ups and downs

Take this waltz of life

And ease in to the flow!

Savvy


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What do you see?

Hello my readers,

Starting today for three consecutive days I will be sharing one of my own paintings from my Artworks Collection.

Here is my Share of Day 1 Painting:

Please write the first 3 words that come to mind the moment you see it.

Artwork: Savvy Raj

Every painting will be shared without the title. I would love to understand what your interpretation is of the painting. Then the next day I will reveal my original title and thoughts on the painting.

Lets together, see if what I have tried depicting through my painting has reached you. Or better still you may have your own interpretation, which would be interesting to read.

Do join me here for a little bit of fun.😇

Savvy


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Heart of the Arts.

Created from a few drops of water

My artwork . Art of the heart. Created from few drops of water.

When I chose to study arts many years ago I chose it because I loved arts I was drawn to it just as much as I was drawn the physics of artistry or the philosophy of science. I wanted to understand more, I always felt there is so much to contemplate and discover for oneself, to discuss and reflect with one another.

Today having joyful engaged with many professional paths in my career over the years in both mainstream and offbeat tracks, I am voicing what’s in my heart.

Speaking from the Indian perspective
in those days, arts was a stream not taken by the so-called achievers, it was not for those who wanted to study management and have mainstream careers. It was way to become a future teacher or an artist. Not too many career options were thought to be open for the arts graduate. It was often ignorantly assumed that those who did not do well in Math and Science subjects will end up with the arts.

I knew then how wrong it was to segregate people into water tight compartments and more so to differentiate between subjects as unimportant and unnecessary. Unlike the times today, where every field of study has great scope… arts was given a frivolous status.
Thankfully over the years from literature to performance art from entertainment to edutainment, the range and the scope of art and its application grew to encompass a lot more.

Education suddenly realized the holistic approach to education and started integrated methods of education. With awareness came the realization that nothing exists in a vacuum.
There is interdependence in between various subjects and there are areas that are common to two different pathways. And in the intermingling new thoughts emerge and evolve in time.

Truly so, arts is interwoven in the tapestry of life and living. The way we are, the way we move and chose to flow with life everything is part of an artful flow . For life is an art in itself.

Today more than ever this very art is making life bearable.
There is a sudden leaning towards the arts, to poetry, paintings and prose, to dance and music, there are takers for all things’ art.
Perhaps as a means of entertainment, to simply sense the finer things of life in the interim period with nothing else to do. But art and its application has so much more to offer, in every season, to lift us from our banal mundane existence and creatively enrich and empower our hearts and minds with engaging experiences.
Trust art, to always deliver beyond the apparent.

Savvy


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All of You!

‘Precious Soul’ Artwork by Savvy Raj

Your smile is your soul signature
Your voice is the vibration of your energy
Your speech is a channel of communication
Your intention is the story of your purpose.
Your eyes are the window of your soul
Your heart is the expression of your being
Your steps are the path you create
Your actions are the enabler of deeds
Your body is the lighthouse
Your spirit is light.

You are precious.

All of you!

Savvy


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On sharing responsibly

To write is to express life from your perspective.
To read is to understand life from another perspective.

Both interweave in the joy of expression and explorations
Of discovering the truth of life in the magic of words.
Respect to the writers & readers who can spread unspeakable joy
And leave a positive impression  through mere words.

 

 

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Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com

 



To the writers who have mastered the art of story telling                                                 Keeping the world safely engrossed  in these troubled times
Gratitude to all those who write and share with care
Ensuring to share words and thoughts
And make the  world feel a little better than before
My deepest appreciation
For, in the darkest of spaces
Even a little light of positive words & verses
Leaves the place  a little more lit.
And every word can leave a lasting impression!

Savvy

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Art of Dance Coaching

When dance lessons are adapted to suit the requirements of a specific group there is greater relevance in dance education and its application.

Here are 6 Valuable Tips while conducting Adapted Dancing workshops.

1. Empathetic Communication

Communication is a very important part of any dance education. Especially so in dance workshops in special groups. When addressing a session it is important to keep a clear and empathic tone to establish a sense of connection and care. Whatever the language of communication maintaining appropriate eye contact provides the necessary connect of being spoken to in the session.

2. Simplicity of Steps

Breaking a pattern to teach by dividing it into simple steps or simplifying it all for every one by choosing easy to do steps makes it more relatable.
In case of dancers with balance issues it is necessary to initially modify / alter steps or reduce directional changes to suit these parameters and progress from there.

Ideally starting of with simply the foot work without working on the arm movements helps focusing on learning one thing at a time. The progression must be gradual in time.

Photo& Artwork credits Savvy Raj

3. Matter of Repetitions.

It is necessary to do a number of repetitive movements of the same steps in order for the muscle memory to form. Hence repetition helps more than switching to other movements.
Depending on the groups capacity to continue taking a pause, interspersed with explanation or some motivation in between is also a good idea so that it does not get too challenging or monotonous.

4. Ease of Formations

There are different dance formations like the square circle and line etc. However conducting the dance workshop in circular formation is known to bring about a sense of community.
Adapting other dances creatively to this formation initially helps when the participants can see the instructors movements in the center.

5. Slower Music

Besides choosing slow songs even decreasing the tempo of the music aids in keeping up with the music Especially for new group of dancers and dancers with special needs.

6. Value of Inclusiveness

Most importantly ensuring everyone in the group is feeling included and addressed to, is very positively impactful.

Coaching another and transferring skillsets is an art.

Make sure to be responsible for the life entrusted to you to mould.

Savvy Raj

Member International Dance Council


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Behind the Apparent

Story behind the photographs

Yesterday I posted a verse that came to me inspired by these captures. Here is the link https://wp.me/p6a0yZ-4CX

There is more to these photos…

While visiting Lourve Museum in France and while walking around those endless galleries of amazing artists and their creativity galore, my eyes turned to a glassdoor near the flight of steps.
I chanced upon this wonderful sculpture on the roof top of the facade, reaching out to the yonder as if to tell something… I filled in the blanks.

Sometimes we are so deeply caught in the maze of life around us.
But if we only care to look beyond it all, we are inspired to see so much more.

Art is in the way you see life.
Art is all around us and is but a perspective of the nuances.
All you need is the heart to appreciate.

Savvy


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The Creative Flow

Curvy Road of Ideation to Solutions

When creativity is put to test…

The process of creation to finding targeted solutions in the world of products to services is a long and winding road in creativity. The general assumption is that of a direct and linear way to creativity. While one thing leads to another it is not always a straight linear road.

It is the very nature of creativity to retrace, rewind, edit and reframe until it makes sense.

Non judgmental understanding and
empathy is crucial to creating solutions.
It is important to set aside ones own assumptions to gain understanding of another’s perspectives and needs.

To brainstorm you need a direction so it is important to give a clear sense of flow and the perspectives gained in understanding and emphasizing with the needs, helps to streamline the flow of thoughts towards ideation.Ideation is a result of many thoughts, many questions, in analysis, synthesis and deductions.

There are so many paths in the process of creative ideation like for instance…

Brainstorming : This is a group creativity technique by which efforts are made to find a conclusion for a specific problem by gathering a list of ideas spontaneously contributed by its members.

BrainWriting :  Another collaborative creativity   concept at work.  Here the ideas are all recorded by the creator and then passed on to the next person who can use it  as a trigger for their own set of ideas..

The Worst Possible idea : This is a creative design thinking technique where team members seek the worst solutions in ideation sessions. This eases the pressure and boosts the confidence of the team to challenge assumptions and find better and better ideas

SCAMPER : This is an acronym and each letter stands for a thinking technique: Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Modify, Put to another use, Eliminate, Reverse.

It is important to know what to focus and what to let go as there will be many plenty of ideas that may come up in the process of ideation. Hence keeping focus on what the actual problem is, helps in finding solutions to address and resolving it.

Then comes the part of checking out whether the ideas are actually a perfect solution by examining the quality checks, fault testing and cross questioning so that the idea can be then accepted or rejected as a solution.

New issues can come up that can challenge the process flow. There would also be new opinions and opportunities to explore and refine more.

So however curvy or zig zag the truth is, the road is full of potential and myriad possibilities in the making. Such is the truth of the creative flow.

Sounds like a good idea?

Savvy