Events organize by High Commission of India , Dhaka , Bangladesh
High Commission of India, Dhaka
|22 April, 2012 - Tagore Dance Drama—“Shapmochan” choreographed by Mrs. Dona Ganguly of Diksha Manjari from India organised by Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Dhaka at BD Hall, Jessore|
|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 Tagore Dance Drama – “Shapmochan” in Odissi stylized composition choreographed and directed by noted Odissi exponent from India, Mrs. Dona Ganguly at the BD Hall in Jessore at 6:30 PM on April 22, 2012.
Rabindranath Tagore’s renowned Dance Drama—“Shapmochan” is the story of Sourasen and Madhushree, who were born on earth after being banished from Lord Indra’s Court. Sourasen, a handsome musician in Indra’s court, failed to keep the beat with Urvashi’s dance, being unmindful about Madhushree’s delay in returning from worshiping the Sun God. Lord Indra was angry and cursed Sourasen to be born on earth as an ugly looking person. When Madhushree returned and heard about the punishment, she requested Lord Indra not to separate her from Sourasen and desired the same punishment for herself. Lord Indra agreed and maintained that only if Madhushree fell in love with Sourasen’s inner beauty in his reincarnation as an ugly person on earth, would both Sourasen and Madhushree be redeemed back to heaven-‘Shapmochan’.
On account of Lord Indra’s curse, Sourasen and Madhushree were born in different kingdoms as King Aruneshwar and Princess Komalika. Aruneshwar, once accidentally seeing the picture of Komalika believed in having a relationship with her in their previous life. Aruneshwar proposed to marry Komalika which was accepted by her father. However Aruneshwar, being concerned of his ugly looks, sent his Veena as his embodiment for the marriage. After their marriage, when Komalika reached Aruneshwar’s palace, she observed that Aruneshwar meets her only during night. She insisted him to show his face to her but Aruneshwar used his skilful dance, soulful music and sensitive words to deny her that right. Finally Komalika managed to see Aruneshwar’s face and she was shocked and astonished. She cried and felt cheated by Aruneshwar and deserted his palace.
Later, one day when she heard the beautiful melody of the Veena being played by Aruneshwar, she was mesmerized and realized that someone’s qualities and inner beauty are far more important than outward appearances. She followed Aruneshwar’s music and got reunited with him thereby being redeemed to heaven.
The Dance Drama—Shapmochan—will be presented by Mrs. Dona Ganguly and her group from Diksha Manjari at Dhaka and Jessore in Bangladesh April 2012 as part of the ongoing joint celebrations of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore between India and Bangladesh. Mrs. Dona Ganguly, who commenced her dance career at the age of 3, is now a renowned name in the field of Odissi dance in India. She has trained in Odissi dance under the legendary Late Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra for 25 long years. “Diksha Manjari” is Mrs. Dona Ganguly’s Dance training school that was inaugurated by Smt. Lata Mngeshkar in 2000. Mrs. Ganguly has presented popular productions based on Odissi dance in several parts of India and the World along with her troupe.
The forthcoming presentation of Tagore Dance Drama--“Shapmochan” in Jessore on April 22, 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 the Tagore Dance Drama—“Shapmochan” choreographed by noted Odissi Dance exponent from India, Mrs. Dona Ganguly 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 April 22, 2012, at the BD Hall in Jessore.
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.