'I Drink the Sun'

‘I Drink the Sun’

   (the Anatomy of a Flower)

 

Jazz Composition

A Shadow Dance,

and an epic Love story

Of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan

     And Mumtaz Mahal

 

“Daimons

Angels

I am the spirit of a flower

I am the essence

I am the stars

I grow

I am the petals,

I grow

I am the roots and soil

I drink the sun”

 

Performance by Tsin Hazan

Holly Jade O’Leary

& Iga Swiesiak

Back lit, with silhouettes & bright light (Stage Directions)



Mumtaz Mahal, an inseparable companion of Shah Jahan, died in 1631, while giving birth to their 14th child. It was in the memory of his beloved wife that Shah Jahan built a magnificent monument as a tribute to her, which we today know as the "Taj Mahal". The construction of Taj Mahal started in the year 1631. Masons, stonecutters, inlayers, carvers, painters, calligraphers, dome-builders and other artisans were requisitioned from the whole of the empire and also from Central Asia and Iran, and it took approximately 22 years to build what we see today. An epitome of love, it made use of the services of 22,000 laborers and 1,000 elephants. The monument was built entirely out of white marble, which was brought in from all over India and central Asia. After an expenditure of approximately 32 million rupees, Taj Mahal was finally completed in the year 1653.

It was soon after the completion of Taj Mahal that Shah Jahan was deposed by his own son Aurangzeb and was put under house arrest at nearby Agra Fort. Shah Jahan, himself also, lies entombed in this mausoleum along with his wife. Moving further down the history, it was at the end of the 19th century that British Viceroy Lord Curzon ordered a sweeping restoration project, which was completed in 1908, as a measure to restore what was lost during the Indian rebellion of 1857: Taj being blemished by British soldiers and government officials who also deprived the monument of its immaculate beauty by chiseling out precious stones and lapis lazuli from its walls. Also, the British style lawns that we see today adding on to the beauty of Taj were remodeled around the same time. Despite prevailing controversies, past and present threats from Indo-Pak war and environmental pollution, this epitome of love continuous to shine and attract people from all over the world.

 

 

Flower Essences (Floral Motives)

 

A magician is centred between 2 graceful dancers.

They outline the life of a flower in motion, under section

A flower divides gracefully, in harmony with the patterns of nature

Under section, it may be divide many times, and is echoed

In cymatics throughout the many forms of creation

Roses, lilies, lotus, the water falls.

 

 

 

Daimons

Angels

I am the spirit of a flower

I am the essence

I am the stars

I grow

I am the petals,

I grow

I am the roots and soil

I drink the sun

I grow

I divide

I raise my arms and eyes to the sky

Daimons

Angels

I am scented

Fragrant

Drink me

I am a healer

Empress

Emperor

Sorceress

Sorcerer

Floral

I am the black lace on the horizon in Winter

Uncurling

I am the scented blossom of Spring

Unfurling

The yellow fields of Summer

The embers of the last lights of Autumn