| Odissi dancer Manisha Manaswini |
Nov. 26: Madhuri Dixit’s energetic Kathak in Devdas not only mesmerised innumerable Indians but also Chan Yu Kuo, a youth from Taipei in Taiwan.
Kuo then came to India and learnt Kathak from eminent dancer Pandit Birju Maharaj for years before arriving at Guwahati this evening to charm residents with his performance at Rabindra Bhawan tomorrow.
Kuo will be a participant in the two-day 2nd Brahmaputra Mahotsav, organised by Ghunguru Dance Academy, a Kahilipara-based dance school that offers training in Bharatanatyam and Xattriya.
The event will begin at 5.30pm tomorrow and will be inaugurated by Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee Xattriya exponent Manik Borbayan.
Classical music, dance and songs will be the highlights of the two-day cultural event, which, according to its organising secretary Sangita Phukan, will feature young and energetic artistes from different parts of the country who will pour their hearts out to showcase their talent.
Besides Kuo, Anirban Chattopadhyaya from Calcutta will perform Hindustani vocal, Sudip Kumar Ghosh from Delhi will perform Manipuri dance and Kakoli Pathak from Guwahati will perform Xattriya on the first day.
On the second day, Limakrishna Bora from Guwahati will perform borgeet, which will be followed by a Kuchipudi recital by K.P. Leepika Reddy from Visakhapatnam, sitar recital by Anand Prasad Dikshit from Guwahati, an Odissi recital by Manisha Manaswini from Bhubaneswar and a Bharatanatyam performance by Sanchita Deb Barman from Guwahati.
Sudip Kumar Ghosh learnt Manipuri dance under Padmashree late Ojha Th Babu Singh of Imphal and Poushali Chatterjee from Calcutta. He is now continuing advanced training under Guru Ojha P. Dhanajit Singh of Imphal.
“The aim of organising the event is to inspire young artistes and provide a platform for the young talents of Assam to perform and also enjoy performances of artistes from other states,” Phukan said. “All artistes who will be participating in the event will be below 35 years. At this young age, they have earned a name in their respective fields. Our focus is basically on the young artistes.”
The dance academy organised the 1st Brahmaputra Mahotsav last year in which a good number of artistes from across the country took part.
“We invite the city residents to come and see the event. We are trying our best to give them two wonderful evenings,” Phukan added.