May 15, 2019

‘Amrapali Repertory’ Wins Accolades in Doha

A 14-member artiste troupe ‘Amrapali Repertory’ of Assam, under the leadership of the charismatic dance duo and choreographers Rudro Jayanta Bhagawati and Pranaame Bhagawati, performed at the Festival of India at Doha (Qatar) recently. 


Starting from the month of February, 2019, the valedictory function of the festival, sponsored and organised by the Ministry of Culture, Govt of India, in association with the High Commission of India, Doha, Qatar, was held in the last week of April. The troupe, which was also the largest performing troupe from India and the first ever from North-East India, presented an exquisite rendition of folklores and dances of North-East India on April 25, in the auditorium of DPS-Modern Indian School, Al Wakra, Doha, and on April 26 at Al Khor Community, Al Khor, Doha. 

Shankh Naad  is a musical welcome to the performance rendition with the Khol (drum) and Taal (cymbals) traditionally known as Gayan Bayan of Assam, followed by the Bhortaal Nritya (dance performed with the cymbals) of Assam.

Nritya Darpan is an effort to put together some of the Indian classical dances onto a common platform. The varied classical forms presented are Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Sattriya and Manipuri dances.  Geet Bahaar songs bring peace and happiness and with different phases of time, a varied flavour generated with the mood of songs. 

Geet Bahaar is a perfect blend of traditional songs (Tokari Geet) of Assam.

Jhumur is the folk dance tradition of the tea garden community in Assam. The performers hold hands and tap their feet together in a beautiful melodious performance. Albela Sajan is an abhinaya-(expression) based composition, exhibiting welcoming  gestures together with expressions of joy and ecstasy through dance. 

Purvayu is a presentation consisting of folk songs and colorful folk dances of Assam. The music flows like a river whilst changing its course from one folk tradition to another, like Goalporia dance.

The ‘Amrapali Repertory’, lead and choreographed by Pranaame Bhagawati, and coordinated and directed by Rudro Jayanta Bhagawati, comprises of Wamiel P. Kashyap, Minakshi Baruah Kashyap, Sukanya Deka, Elizi Ojah, Bandana Barman, Shradhanjali Sharma, Samragyee Kashyap, Mandeep Mahanta, Nabajit Saikia, Dilip Hira, Taranga Kashyap and Kaman Gogoi. 


It’s worth mentioning that the renowned dance duo - Rudro Jayanta Bhagawati and Pranaame Bhagawati, who are empaneled artistes of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India, have used dance as a tool for creating artistic expression, as well as promoting cultural legacy and awareness. They have participated in a number of global events and festivals, held in countries such as Germany, Dubai, UK, USA, Guyana, Tanzania, Maldives, etc, where the duo has enthralled the audiences with their Kathak and creative dance recitals in a number of extravagant productions.

Prantik Deka
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