Jahnavi Centre For Performing Arts presented Rabindranath Tagore’s Tasher Desh at Gyan Manch on June 6. In ‘Tasher Desh’, austerity, strict rules and discipline reign supreme in daily lives. Thus, human emotions are lacking in that land. Nothing is governed by the desires of the heart. Madhuboni Chatterjee, a dedicated Bharatnatyam dancer, choreographed this satire through dance and music. It was performed by the young students of the institution.
The programme was divided into two parts. The first half showcased Tasher Desher Gaan that was rendered by the junior students with much exuberance. The young performers followed the techniques strictly that were taught by their teacher, the director, Manoj Murali Nayar. At the same time, the performance was spontaneous and lively. “Kharobayu boye bege” was well-rehearsed, while “Jaboi ami jaboi” and “Elem natun deshe” were enjoyable because of their accompanying musical arrangement. The artists were accompanied by Subrata Mukherjee (keyboard) and Sumit Guha (percussions). After this musical presentation, a dance-drama was staged with the junior and senior members of Jahnavi. Keeping in mind the age group of the participants, Madhuboni Chatterjee choreographed the presentation with simple movements. The costumes were also designed in a different style. The entire presentation was marked by the young dancers’ effortless performance. Chatterjee as Patralekha looked beautiful and convincing. Jayottama Banerjee as Ruitoni and Ananya Bhowmik as Harotoni were appropriate. The other participants were Shambo Das, Subhajit Das, Surojit Basu and Riya Deb. Little Jagyaseni and Sreenanti as Chhakka and Panja captured the audience’s attention through their mature showing. The costumes were aesthetically designed by Chaitali Chatterjee. Manoj Murali Nayar was the music director.
Nrittyangana organized its 17th annual programme at Mohit Moitra Mancha on June 3 under the guidance of Maya Bhattacharya, a senior Odissi dancer. The evening began with Shivastuti, which was composed by Guru Muralidhar Majhi. It was followed by pallavi that featured intri-cate footwork. Based on Raga Bilahari and taal ektaali, Kelucharan Mahapatra’s wonderful composition was performed by Anupama, Shraboni, Debjita, Sumit and Maya Bhattacharya. Pandit Bhubaneshwar Mishra’s unforgettable music composition remained matchless. Another abhinaya from Jayadev’s Geetgovind was presented in a group choreography. The second half featured Sankalpo, a dance production that was based on the theme of pollution of the Ganges.