Anwesa invited to perform in Dharini Kalotsav 2010
Prolific Satriya dancer Anwesa Mahanta has been invited to perform at the Dharini Kalotsav 2010 in Enrakulum, Kerela on November 2 next. One of the most prestigious dance festivals of the country, the Dharani Kalotsav, a five-day dance and music extravaganza, is organized by ‘Society Dharani’ – a Kochi-based cultural organisation. Prolific Satriya dancer Anwesa Mahanta has been invited to perform at the Dharini Kalotsav 2010 in Enrakulum, Kerela on November 2. One of the most prestigious dance festivals of the country, the Dharani Kalotsav, a five-day dance and music extravaganza, is organized by ‘Society Dharani’ – a Kochi-based cultural organisation.
Society Dharani was established in the year 2000 by Shyamala Surendran, a well-known dancer, for organizing performances of classical art forms by eminent dancers of India. The Society has tried to create an awareness and appreciation for pristine classical arts. Lecture demonstrations by the artistes themselves are held in between the programmes. Students of Dharani school are exposed to as many performing arts as possible through these programmes and lecture demonstrations. The venue of the programme is usually Kerala Fine Arts Hall located at Park avenue. The Kalotsav starts on November 1st every year as a celebration of Kerala Piravi day (the day the State of Kerala was formed).
A dedicated performer of Sattriya Dance, Anwesa Mahanta is the daughter of Dr Pradip Jyoti Mahanta and Minati Choudhury of Beltola, Guwahati. She received her graduation with Honours in English Literature from Cotton College, securing 2nd Position and passed MA in English from the Gauhati University in 2008 securing First Class. She is now pursuing her Ph.D. programme in performing arts at Delhi University.
A bright student in academics Anwesa started learning both Bharatanatyam and Sattriya Dance since her early childhood under the guidance of Smt Indira PP Bora (a Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee) and Bayanacharya Ghanakanta Bora, respectively.
Trained in both Bharatanatyam and Sattriya, Anwesa has been pursuing dance, Sattriya in particular, not merely as a pastime but as a chosen path of her growing and devotional journey. During this journey over the years she has been trying with utmost sincerity to enlarge the performance canvas and expand her repertoire constantly, drawing resource material from the vast literary corpus of the Vaisnava Renaissance of Assam. She has thus carved a niche in the Sattriya Dance world with her outstanding performances drawing applause and appreciation from both the media and the cognoscenti and established an unfailing record of excellence in her performance career. Recently, she has been awarded with the prestigious Kalajeeva Puraskar, from School Of Theatre Arts, Vizag, for her expertise in the field.