Celebrating rich heritage

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The three-day National Festival of New Choreography is back, rechristened ‘The National Festival of Creative Arts.’ Impresario India – an organisation promoting Indian arts – is now bringing forth not just the Indian classical dance forms but every form of art prevalent in India this time.

Visit the Stein auditorium, India Habitat Centre, to see the masters of Indian classical dance, music, theatre, even puppetry, perform. The programme is on till March 22.

President, Impresario India, Bijan Mukherjee says, “We have been running the National Festival of New Choreography for the past 15 years now. This was when the importance of new choreographies in our ancient art forms had not been fully realised and today’s plethora of dance festivals had not emerged.”

“Following the success of our programme, we received suggestions from many to expand the scope of our festival and make it even larger. Hence, we have decided to include an array of arts besides only dance.”

To start with, the venue – the foyer of Stein Auditorium will display Patachitras (scroll paintings) illustrating the life and works of Swami Vivekananda, conceived and painted by Rani Chitrakar of Medinipur. She will also narrate the contents in the traditional musical form.

‘Shiva’ – a choreography in Bharatanatyam, conceived and choreographed by Vaibhav Arekar, is a part of the festival this time. It is followed by ‘Chaturmukhi’ – an Odissi choreography, conceived and choreographed by Sharmila Biswas.

On March 21 witness ‘The Swami and the Samaritan’ – a play in English created by Ashish Ghosh and Ruma Ghosh on the interaction between two powerful personalities – Swami Vivekananda and Margaret Noble. ‘Sarpa Sutra’ – a dance theatre conceived, written and directed by Gowri Ramanarayan follows. It narrates sequences from Mahabharata.

On the last day, March 22, Anurupa Roy presents ‘Ram’ – a non-verbal experimental theatre created with excerpts from Bhavabhuti’s ‘Uttara Rama Charitam’ using music, dance, masks and puppets. ‘She – Tales of Ancient Goddesses’ – a Kathak choreography by Sharmistha Mukherjee closes the festival.

Suresh K Goel, Director, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, is the chief guest at the programme.  

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