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While dance drama was used as a strong medium to propagate the goodness of Ramayana,later the same medium with a more vernacular touch was also used to bring about many social changes.

Written by Preeti Srivastav |
April 30, 2009 1:44:31 am

While dance drama was used as a strong medium to propagate the goodness of Ramayana,later the same medium with a more vernacular touch was also used to bring about many social changes. And in the era of the technology boom,it still successfully conveys the message. Among various art forms,dance-drama has emerged as a strong form,that uses the goodness of both music and drama to convey a message,thus making it more impactful. And Rabindranath Tagore has been synonymous with it. Recreating that same magic,Surjhankar,a charitable trust which aims to promote music and related art forms of Bengal and share a platform with the local cultural milieu,is bringing together various performances to mark Rabindra Jayanti on May 2 at the Balgandharva Auditorium.

Apart from staging Kalmrigaya,part of a trilogy by Tagore that was inspired by European Opera,the event would also witness a performance by Shabdavedh,a group led by noted Marathi theatre personality Chandrakant Kale.

“We also believe in cultural give-and-take as that enriches both – the giver and the taker. Moreover,it is never one-sided. The programme would not only witness Marathi theatre actors presenting the rendition of Tagore’s selected poems Kabyer Katha,which have been translated into Marathi,but also a performance by noted classical vocalist Veena Saharshabudhe,who will sing Tagore’s songs in Bengali itself,” says Madhumita Ghosh,general secretary,Surjhankar.

Veena Saharshabudhe will also be the chief guest on the occasion. Her performance will be followed by Kalmrigaya,which will be performed by the dance troupe of Sadhna,headed by Shumita Mahajan. Talking about the dance drama Ghosh says,“This was published in 1882 and is based on the story of Shravan Kumar. Though it is inspired from European Opera,drama is the main element in this.”

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She says a part of the money collected from the event would be donated to Balgandharva Pariwar as a token of appreaciation for their service to art and culture.

(Rabindra Jayanti programme will be held at Balgandharva Mandir at 6.30 pm on May 2 )

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