If you wish to know as what constitutes Body language, you don’t need to read any of the best sellers on communication skills or Personality development. You can have a live demonstration of it during the music season in Chennai and that too for free! All that you have to do is go through the day’s music programme in the newspaper and choose to attend one at random and we did exactly that.
The mini hall was almost full and we managed to find two corner seats in the aisle somewhere in the sixth row. Just then the lady singer was concluding her performance and after a short break, the male singer took over and what a ‘performance’ it had been ! He had a way of compulsorily focusing the audiences’ attention more to his face and body language than to their auditory senses. For someone as slightly built as he is, his voice was extremely powerful though not matched by melody (probably female singers have an edge in this aspect). From the word GO, his hands were engaged in all sorts of acrobatics, gymnastics and aerobics. We witnessed stretches, pull ups, tug of wars with some abhinaya thrown in interspersed with ‘besh, besh’ as a gesture of appreciation for the accompanists. We didn’t know whether his compliments were meant for instrumentalists or the audience because he said it with a ‘straight face’( literally and figuratively).
Even as we were feeling happy and settled in our corner seats, two hefty ladies requested us to move over to the vacant seats next to us and we obliged them more out of courtesy and I realized what folly it had been when we decided to leave before the performance ended as we had to forcefully squeeze ourselves to emerge through the little gap left between them and the seats in front. The price we had to pay for lack of a reciprocal gesture!
n.meera raghavendra rao