10 November 2022 /




Odissi by ALOKA KANUNGO ( shinjan Nrityalaya) /  Gaudiya Nritya by MAHUA MUKHERJEE ( gaudiya Nritya Bharati) / Odissi by ARNAB BANDYOPADHYAY ( Darpani)/  Bharatnatyam by RAJDEEP BANERJEE (parampara)/ Kathak by ASHIMBANDHU BHATTACHARYA ( upasana centre for dance) / Bharatnatyam by RAJIB SAHA  & MOUMITA CHATTERJEE (Udok performing arts)/ Creative dance by KOHINOOR SEN BARAT ( shinjan)

DARPANI in association with Sangeet Natak Akademi and supported by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India conducts Chiro Sakha… in SRIJANOTSAV at Rabindra sadan, Kolkata on 11 November 2022.

DARPANI, a premier Dance Institution, empanelled by I.C.C.R. (2018-19) was established in 1995 for the promotion of the rich cultural heritage of India through the medium of Indian Classical and Contemporary Dance forms. To unleash the true spirit of dance by the amalgamation of the classical dance forms and the ever evolving art of choreography has been the primary aim of Darpani.

“Chiro Sakha…The Divine in Me is an artist’s quest for relevance in difficult times. An artist, in the process of folding the everyday experiences of pain, sorrow, loss in her/his art, often tries to explore multiple avenues to express the anxieties that haunt the parched soul in moments of despair. In moments of emergencies like this pandemic or war, only the Arts can heal us from within.

Rabindranath’s Gitanjali is a source of inspiration that offers a catalogue of human experiences across time and space and gender. The universal emotions evoked in the Song Offerings are various paths of overcoming grief. The West had received Rabindranath when there was no hope there. The effects of the wars were devastating. Rabindranath’s prose-verses had instilled faith.

Rabindranath is still our contemporary as we can revisit his creations in hard times to find peace and hope. The home and the world gradually came closer.

Chiro Sakha is Darpani’s humble tribute to that quest for relevance-a celebration of life with an endless hope to achieve the divine in us in such moments of anxieties.

The kern motif of ‘quest’ in Gitanjali has been explored in this dance-theatre to negotiate with our present context of the tumultuous world that is dealing with a global pandemic,” says Arnab Bandyopadhaya, the founder director of Darpani Dance Academy and an artiste par excellence in Indian Classical and Contemporary dance.

 Darpani has been associated with several NGOs engaged in uplifting the condition of the physically and mentally challenged children.  Darpani also conducts workshops and gives demonstrations about Indian classical dance to aware young generations.

Content & Images credit: Darpani

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