Open platform held as prelude to Guwahati International Dance Festival
The Pragjyoti International Dance Festival, which has been conceptualized to exhibit the major Indian Dance styles on a single platform and also to give an impetus to the talents of the region, kicked off in the Rabindra Bhavan on a grand note a couple of days back. The highlight of the inaugural function was a performance by noted danseuse Sonal Mansingh.
As a prelude to the International Dance Festival, Kalpa – the organizers – organized an open dance forum “Expressions” on 24th and 25th January, 2012 at Tirthanath Sarma Sabhaghar, Chandmari in order to reach out to more and more young minds.
Festival director Anwesa Mahanta said, “Indian Dance is a complete art that embraces not only the sculpturesque and stylized movements of body but also takes within its fold literature and philosophy along with music, painting, sculpture, histrionic art etc. The open dance forum was arranged to voice out the expressions and experiences of the young dance students and their approaches towards the discipline of dance and how the young minds perceive the philosophy of Indian Dance.”
Senior dance exponents Vijay Srivastav, Anu Basumatary, Anjanamoyee Saikia and Hari Saikia were the panellists in the open event. This workshop gave a scope to the students who have been seriously learning dance since their childhood to demonstrate and speak about their association and journey in the field of dance. Participants from various parts of the country belonging to the age group of 15-30 came and participated in this forum.
Elaborating on the concept of open forums, Anwesa Mahanta said, “It is a celebration of young energy representing various classical dance styles. While Trishneela Barkakati from Kalakshetra, Chennai, embraced dance as her life itself, Surajit Deb Burman from Santiniketan shared some of the hindrances which he had to face. It was nice to see how the artists went down the memory lane while illustrating their association of dance. There was also a lot of representation from Assam. Little star Kaushik Dutta from Nalbari amazed everyone with his clear movements and command over talas.”
The participants will be awarded with certificates at the conclusion of the festival today.