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"A frangipani heart,
white and yellow inside,
wrapped in forever spring,
an abundant lingering fragrance..."

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POETRY

Jaya Mehta's poems are the undercurrent of her creative processes. She seeks poetry in life: the poetry of dance, the poetry of painting and sculpture, the poetic quality of life. These poems are written in English, but emerge from life's poetic moments and her experience of Odissi dance abhinaya.

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POETRY AS DANCE

The poems have taken the form of dance productions on the international stage. 'Sakhi', the poem about the inner guide, was performed at The Fayant Theatre in Hague and The Theatre de Bakkerij in Rotterdam in collaboration with Kathak dancer, Anima Jhagroe-Ruissen.

At the Korzo India dans festival 2017 in the Hague, the poem 'Sculpturesque' and 'Sakhi' have both been staged as visually rich and complex dance productions.

Levure Litteraire, the french literature journal online, has published 'The Saree and Me' and its performance video in an multi-disciplinary arts project.

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POETIC SAREE PROJECT

In New Delhi, the poems have been shot recently as beautiful videos in Delhi's natural locations by talented filmmaker Shabani Hassanwalia in the 'Poetic Saree Project'. The project brings together the evocative quality of the saree, the poetry and nature through the silent, inner landscape of Indian classical dance.

Currently, the poems are being published as a book ,'The Poetic Saree', a book of dance poems by the author.

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"Sculpturesque and Sculpture,
face each other time and again,
are we artistic inspiration, or just poems,
that reside in each other's hearts..."

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"An intimate surprise,
can that be?
These lanes of the heart,
sing many surprises these days.."

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