February 24, 2019

Kalpavriksha : An Institute for the Holistic Learning of Sattriya Tradition

Kalpa, a society for promotion of literature, art, culture and social harmony, introduced their new venture Kalpavriksha - an institute for the holistic learning of Sattriya tradition during a press conference held at the Guwahati Press Club, recently. The announcement was made by Dr. Anwesa Mahanta – Artistic Director of Kalpa, in the presence of Bhupendra Prasad Sarma, President of Kalpa, Padma Shri Ghanakanta Bora, Vice President of Kalpa, Prof. Pradip Jyoti Mahanta, General Secretary of Kalpa.

Kalpavriksha will not be just another dance academy. It will be an institute where students will learn about the Sattriya dance, music, theatre and all other allied traditions. Here, students will get an opportunity to learn about the cultural history of Assam from renowned scholars and cultural exponents. We will conduct masterclasses from time to time, where the students will interact with exponents of the Sattriya tradition and get a deep insight into the spiritual and professional aspects of this art form,” Dr Anwesa Mahanta said, while briefing the media at the press conference.

Eminent maestro Padma Shri Bayanacharya Ghanakanta Bora, who would be offering regular masterclasses to the participants said that the curriculum of the institution has been devised according to the oral pedagogy of the Sattra culture with an aim to introduce the traditional learning practices of Sattriya pedagogy. “This initiative, I believe, would help in retaining the roots of living tradition amidst the younger generation", he said.

Kalpavriksha will also offer methodological guidance in the field of research in Sattriya music, dance and theatre. The institute will also offer research and internship opportunities for aspirants in various projects of Kalpa,” Dr Mahanta, the Yuva Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee,  added.

Adding to Anwesa’s statement, Prof. Pradip Jyoti Mahanta said, “Kalpavriksha will also conduct internship and residency opportunities in various creative projects under the supervision of internationally acclaimed artistes. Besides, the students will also get opportunities to perform in the repertory unit of Kalpavriksha after the completion of the course, thus ensuring that their talent and art reach the right target audience.

Established in 2008, Kalpa has envisaged a series of activities as part of its objectives. The society has always thrived to promote Indian arts and dance, particularly amongst the youth. At the same time, with its cultural and academic activities, the members have tried to promote the rich heritage of arts prevalent in Northeast India, with special emphasis on Assamese art and culture. With its activities, the society has promoted the ideals of peace, harmony and bonhomie with the aesthetics of Indian arts. The activities of Kalpa have received accolades from various art connoisseurs. One of their major cultural events is the Pragjyoti International Dance Festival, which celebrated a decade of its glorious cultural journey this year. The members of Kalpa believe that Kalpavriksha will be a major boost towards realising the vision and mission of the society.

For details of admission, aspiring students can email Kalpavriksha at kalpavriksha.kalpa@gmail.com or call at +91 7002579773.

Prantik Deka