Events organize by High Commission of India , Dhaka , Bangladesh
High Commission of India, Dhaka
|March 9-11, 2012 - Tagore Dance Drama –“Chandalika” choreographed and directed by Smt. Thankamani Kutty of Kalamandalam organised by IGCC at Bangladesh National Museum, Dhaka and at Muslim Hall in Chittagong March 9-11, 2012 - Tagore Dance Drama –“|
|As part of the ongoing joint celebrations of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore between India and Bangladesh, the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Dhaka, is organising Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s popular Dance Drama – “Chandalika” – choreographed and directed by Dr. Guru Smt. Thankamani Kutty of Kalamandalam from India at the Main Auditorium of the Bangladesh National Museum in Dhaka at 6:30 PM on March 9, 2012 and at the Muslim Hall in Chittagong at 6:30 PM on March 11, 2012.
The dance drama, “Chandalika”, composed by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore is one of the epic compositions of the world. A young girl named Prakriti who is the main character of this dance drama belongs to the caste of untouchables called “Chandals”. Being hated and belittled by all the upper caste girls, she becomes depressed and self disgraced. Ananda, a disciple of Lord Buddha who travels preaching the ideals of Buddhism asks for drinking water on a hot summer day from this untouchable maiden, Prakriti, who was drawing water from a well. Prakriti refuses to offer water to him being both scared and surprised – as the water touched by her is not fit for drinking. Ananda consoles her saying that all human beings are equal and she must not sow in her the seeds of self hatred. So, Prakriti offers him water. Ananda quenches his thirst and blesses Prakriti – that she be blessed by all goodness. This event brings about a dramatic change in Prakriti as her mind turns towards Ananda. She opens her heart to her mother, a strong woman well versed in black magic, who performs all sorts of ritualistic witchcraft and succeeds in drawing back Ananda to satiate her daughter’s infatuation for him. But, at the end, both Prakriti and her mother become extremely repentant for forcing Ananda to divert to worldly attachments.
Prakriti realises that Ananda is an ascetic and its wrong to entangle him in a materialistic world. The mother and daughter sincerely beg for his forgiveness. Ananda blesses Prakriti. Both Prakriti and her mother bow down to Ananda and he uplifts them to tread the path of divine enlightenment.
This beautiful dance drama, “Chandalika”, tries to arouse in its audience the concept of equality of mankind and shuns the degrading social taboo of untouchability which was once prevalent in our society.
The forthcoming presentation of the dance drama – “Chandalika” – in Bangladesh would be most authentic considering that it would be undertaken by experts from the prestigious cultural organisation of India--Kalamandalam. Forthcoming presentation of the Tagore Dance Drama –“Chandalika” in Dhaka on March 9, 2012 and in Chittagong on March 11, 2012, would have tremendous relevance during Gurudev’s 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations being jointly undertaken by India and Bangladesh.
You are cordially invited to participate in Tagore Dance Drama – “Chandalika” -- being organised by the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Dhaka, as part of the ongoing joint celebrations of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore between India and Bangladesh at 6:30 PM on March 9, 2012, at the Main Auditorium of the Bangladesh National Museum in Dhaka and at 6:30 PM on March 11, 2012, at the Muslim Hall in Chittagong.
Complimentary Passes may be collected from Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre, H.No. 24, Rd. No. 2, Dhanmondi and Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (Library & Auditorium), H.No. 35, Rd. No. 24, Gulshan-1.