March 29, 2017

Rodali's Uninterrupted Journey

It was truly a honour for Rodali Bora, the youngest amongst all the other artistes from India, to perform at the prestigious show - India Campaign for Olympic, where a series of cultural programmes was held under the aegis of High Commissioner of India to Britain, on the occasion of the 2012 London Olympics. She provided a scintillating display of Bihu and Bhortaal - two traditional dance forms of Assam, as a solo act and as part of the team, led by her truly dedicated Guru Ranjit Gogoi at the world famous Royal Festival Hall. 

This precocious youngster also performed Bihu dance below the Olympic Torch at the King Edward Park. The very next year, in 2013, Rodali went with her parents to perform Bihu and Bhortaal in the 'Ireland International Festival', which was organized to mark the centenary of Titanic, in the heart of Belfast. Even here, Rodali won the hearts of a diverse and varied audience that have turned up from all over the world. She also performed in Northern Wales showcasing her expertise in Bihu and Bhortaal. The whole experience has been quite an invaluable and learning one for Rodali.

Rodali, who is undergoing training in Bihu under Ranjit Gogoi, and Sattriya dance under Ranjumoni Saikia and Rinjumoni Saikia, has become a popular face with the culture-loving people of Assam. The talented dancer, now a confident girl, currently studying in class 7, has secured first position in the preliminary exams of Sattriya. She has also earned admirations from audiences with her Bihu performances with Guru Ranjit Gogoi in functions held during Bohag Bihu.

Interestingly, Rodali has also made her foray into acting with a number of feature films, serials and video films to her credit. Her feature films include Prodyut Kumar Deka’s ‘Samiran Barua Ahi Ase’ and ‘Surjasta’, Prabin Hazarika’s ‘Shringkhal’, Chandra Mudoi’s bilingual in Assamese and Hindi - ‘Epaah Phulil Epaah Soril’ and the recently released ‘Purab Ki Awaz’, where she played legendary freedom fighter Kanaklata as a child. She is also playing an important part in Hiren Bora’s under-production ‘Sima - The Story Untold’, sharing space with well-known actor George Baker. It has been a learning curve for Rodali, who is lucky to have worked with some well-known artistes and directors from whom she has picked up the technical aspects of acting. She has herself admitted to have gained a lot by acting opposite artistes like Adil Hussain and Jaya Seal in ‘Shringkhal’. She has got two more movie projects, expected to start rolling between October and December, to be helmed by noted filmmakers. She is also scheduled to perform Sattriya in New Delhi during Bohag Bihu. In addition to that, she is gearing up to perform Sattriya abroad during the middle of the year.

Rodali, who has also secured first position along with distinction in Art, was only five years of age when she met the legendary artist Dr Bhupen Hazarika and Gyanpeeth Awardee Dr Mamoni Roysom Goswami. The vivacious teenager, who is the youngest artiste to perform Sattriya on Bhupendra Sangeet, a fusion of different art forms, is the daughter of writer and senior-journalist Jitumoni Bora and cultural activist Rosy Bora. Her younger sister Ragini who is studying in class 3, has acted in Biswajeet Bora’s ‘Bahnimaan’ and Chandra Mudoi’s upcoming ‘Bhola Bom Bhola’.


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