And so Beyonce makes music headlines again! This time, a trip to India plays its part. A new collaboration with the artistry of Coldplay, and you receive a mixture of feelings, as you observe.
“Cultural Appropriation.” That seems to be the current ongoing debate, concerning Beyonce’s representation in this video. Wearing traditional Indian attire, and red henna in one look. Initially she begins the scenery in an orange-themed Indian piece, climbing up rocky steps. Seemingly touchable, and of human flesh. She is then transformed into that of a Goddess-like figure, connected to Hindu, spiritual traditions; celebrating the abundance of the Divine feminine, in all of her glory. Indian children look inside an observatory device, as a means to observe this intriguing figure.
Yet, what is a crucial element in our “cultural appropriation” question is the presence of the blue, spiritual figure in the beginning of the video. Further research of Hinduism points out that particular spiritual figures were depicted as blue (i.e. Krishna, Shiva, Rama), as the color blue was representative of the inclusion of everything. It is something which expands greater than the naked, human eye; forcing us to reach into our third eye.
Moving forward, and Coldplay’s interaction with Indian children, shows us the magic of color festivals, and the spiritual essence of music, movement, and dance. The reality of India is presented. And as Coldplay performs their musical artistry, one cannot help, but to notice the Spirit of Indian boys taking them to perform hip hop (a musical, art form originating from Black American/African-American cultural artistry). But wait a minute. Is that a form of “cultural appropriation?” After all, since it came from a particular culture, wouldn’t it be more suitable to see a group of Black American/African-American boys performing their own art? Hmm. . .The mystery continues.
Alright, so could it be the “blond hair?” The fact that in a nation of dark-color haired people, she is wearing blond. O.K., but wouldn’t that mean that by doing this she is not “appropriating,” or imitating the youthful, Indian maidens; thereby, sporting a hair color that she normally fashions, during her performances. Hmm. . .more confusion continues to linger.
Wait a minute. . .youthful, Indian maidens. . .Spirit of Indian boys. That means she actually utilized real, Indian people to represent their own country and culture. Not to mention the spiritual, Hindu priests who make their appearance.
And so we get to the end of the video, in the movie theater, where Beyonce, is fully ornamented with the feminine attire of Indian women. “Cultural appropriation.” O.K.? Yet, there are Indian women in the movie theater. The graceful hand gestures emulates Bollywood, women performers. Again, Indian women are made visible, as birthers of their own cultural, aesthetic.
So. . .is “cultural appropriation,” an adequate, or even a fair description of Beyonce’s presence?
Answer: Not really. Rather, it can be observed as exuding the power of blue. A description, which greatly connects with the artistry of the video. Somehow, the credit is given back to Indian women, and therefore, Indian people.
Beyonce’s presence takes on that invisible, spiritual force of the feminine. Wondering, and having the ability to be everywhere simultaneously. The wearing of a flower headdress symbolizes the garden, of the feminine. Then, there is the real world–showcased by Coldplay. A marriage between the seen, and the invisible; greatly demonstrated in this collaboration.
Now, back to the issue of Beyonce playing the role of the Spiritual figure, in this video, and not a real Indian woman. As we deviate more into the symbolism, and performance, of the color blue, could it also mean that she has transformed into the Spirit of Indian women. Making the video is a life-sized pool, filled with color; and to jump in it, automatically transforms you into the ways of the culture, and of the feminine Spirit. After all, those feminine beings who personify the land, are already vigilant.
Using our imagination, and becoming in tuned with the inner self helps one to see the entire picture. And for woman, and man, the spirituality of land, is its ability to transform, anything, and anyone, who comes into her existence. Coloring the person, and coloring the Spirit of. . . blue!