City all set for 5th Pragjyoti International Dance Festival

Magdalena Niernsee from Warsaw, Poland1

Magdalena Niernsee from Warsaw, Poland1

Come next week, the gateway city of Guwahati is all set to witness the myriad colours and hues of the entire spectrum of Indian dance traditions. Like all other years this year too, the stage is all set for the 5th edition of the much anticipated Pragjyoti International Dance festival – the sole such dance festival in this part of the country. The fifth edition of the festival is being presented by ‘Kalpa – A Society for Promotion of Literature, Art, Culture and Social Harmony’ in association with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India on February 9 and 10.

Talking about the festival, the event’s creative director and acclaimed Sattriya danseuse Anwesa Mahanta said, “The festival is an attempt to focus on these young devotees of Indian dance amidst the dilettante and academia of Pragjyotishpur and share with them the divine journey of aesthetic and spiritual joy. With a celebration of these young energies representing various Margi dance styles, the festival is also a humble tribute to all the masters of the Indian dance traditions who have been contributing immensely towards the panoramic beauty of Indian cultural heritage.”

Kalpa, which was established in the year 2008, started this festival of Indian dance traditions for the benefit of young dance exponents who have been selflessly dedicating their lives in pursuance of art.  Aimed at contributing towards integration and harmony through art, the Festival has received great accolades from the connoisseurs of Indian Arts all over and has been a space for social and cultural convergence. During the last four years dancers from different parts of India, as well as countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, Japan, Russia, U.K, Ukraine, and U.S, as also from various parts of Assam have taken part.

anwesa mahanta

anwesa mahanta

Organised consecutively for the fifth year, the festival will feature exponents from France, Poland and diverse parts of the country. Panorama – the evening performance in the inaugural day of the festival will feature a Gayan Bayan recital led by Bayanacharya Ghanakanta Bora of Guwahati, which will be followed by a Kuchipudi recital by Gururaju from Bangalore, a Kathak recital by Magdalena Niernsee from Poland and Odissi performance by disciples of Garima Hazarika from Mitali Kala Kendra, Guwahati.

A number of events are also lined up for the second day i.e. February 10. The Panorama of the second day will feature Manipuri classical dance performance by R.K. Geetanjali from Imphal, Odissi recital by Chloe Romero from France, Bharatanatyam dance by Pavitra Bhatt from Mumbai, Kathak dance by Megharanjani Medhi from Guwahati and a Sattriya performance by disciples of Ms. Bhanu Sahariya from Youth Club, Mangaldoi.


A photo exhibition entitled “Reflections” will also be arranged in Rabindra Bhawan as part of the festival. With a view to inspire the young generation, Kalpa has also initiated a series of interactive sessions  – “Voices” – between the dancers and the students on 9th and 10th February, 2012 in the morning hours at Axom Jatiya Vidyalay and GEMS NPS International School respectively, informed Anwesa.

The festival is being organized with the support of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Big Fm (Radio Partner), Eclectic (Magazine Partner), and Oil India Limited (Co-Sponsor), Dainik Puroboday (Print Partner), Overnite Express, (Courier Partner)  BNAS, SMART Tank,  My Taxi, etc.


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