Staff Reporter GUWAHATI, Feb 14 - Melodious Gayan Bayan, intangible traversed Bharatnatyam, the fascinating expressions of Odissi and Assam’s magical Sattriya enthralled the classical dance enthusiasts here on Saturday evening at the Pragjyoti International Dance Festival.
Artistes from the Purana Kamalabari Sattra, Titabor, perform during the opening ceremony of Pragjyoti International Dance Festival 2016, in Guwahati on Saturday.
The event was inaugurated by Nrityacharya Jatin Goswami and Gautam Biswas, Director IIT-Guwahati, who appreciated the efforts of Kalpa in bringing all the artistes on a common platform for exchange of culture and promotion of Assam’s heritage.
The eighth edition of Pragjyoti International Dance Festival is an initiative towards using dance as a medium towards revisiting the heritage of Assam and protecting the bounties of nature conferred upon the region. This year the festival is organised in association with Tezpur University and IIT Guwahati.
Today’s performances began with a Gayan Bayan performed by Purona Kamalabari Sattra of Titabor. This was followed by a Bharatnatyam recital by Murugashankari Prabhu Leo from Chennai. Next, Italian danseuse Silvia Vona performed a classical Odissi repertoire. The day’s performances ended with a delightful Sattriya performance by Tarali Das and her group from Guwahati.
Odissi performer Silvia Vona from Italy, speaking about her passion for the dance form, said, “I wanted to learn Odissi for a new way to express and understand myself... Once I got a deeper understanding of the dance form, I just fell in love with Odissi. This is a complete art form where history, art, music, theatre, dance, sculpture, philosophy, literature are united together.”
Murugashankari Prabhu Leo started learning Bharatnatyam when she was five years old under the legendary guru Kalaimamani KJ Sarasa. A chemical engineer by profession, she is the daughter of veteran dramatist Kalaimamani Sri Leo Prabhu.
Prior to the event, the artistes had an interactive session billed ‘Voices’ with the students of Delhi Public School here.