Ananya Dance Theatre from USA enlivens the opening ceremony of 10th edition

November 26, 2018; Guwahati: It was a pure art-in-motion experience for the dance lovers of Guwahati as Ananya Dance Theatre (ADT) from the United States of America took to the stage of the 10th edition of Pragjyoti International Dance Festival (PIDF). The opening ceremony of the festival, held on Sunday evening at Sri Sri Madhavdev International Auditorium of Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra, showcased Shaatranga – Women Weaving Worlds, a 90-minute dance production without intermission choreographed by Ananya Chatterjea.

The evening witnessed the presence of luminaries from across the art and culture world including eminent theatre director Dulal Roy, senior actor Pranjal Saikia, IPS officer Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta and others. Former Gauhati University vice-chancellor Nirmal Kumar Choudhury was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

Speaking regarding the performance Artistic Director of ADT Ananya Chaterjea says, “Shaatranga (seven colors in Bānglā) brings to a culmination our quintet exploring Work Women Do. The subtitle “women weaving worlds” is inspired by what the research these past five years have revealed over and over again: that women work painstakingly and innovatively to sustain and transform our worlds, reimagine painful pasts, and materialize hope-full futures. To all the women whose work continues to hold us today, we offer our gratitude.”

Ananya Dance Theatre is a pioneering force in Contemporary Indian Dance and enjoys a growing profile throughout the United States and the world. Led by Artistic Director Ananya Chatterjea, their ensemble of primarily women artists of color creates original dance theater – people powered dances of transformation™ – drawing on social justice themes inspired by the lives, dreams and stories of women around the globe.

The Guwahati edition of the Festival has been organized in collaboration with the Kri Foundation, Ford Foundation, Ananya Dance Theatre.  Another highlight of the Guwahati edition, was the presence of reputed Syrian curator and cultural expert Alma Salem, who interacted with the students of Royal Global University on 24th November, regarding the situation of Syria and how the artistes are responding artistically. She also showcased six short dance documentaries.

Pragjyoti International Dance Festival is an annual classical dance extravaganza organized by Kalpa, a Society for Promotion of Literature, Art, Culture and Social Harmony. The event has been conceptualized to exhibit the wide range of India’s classical dance forms together on one platform and to celebrate the rich heritage of Assam.

Speaking about the objective of the event, award winning Sattriya danseuse and Festival Director of PIDF, Anwesa Mahanta says, “With every passing edition, PIDF has taken up socially relevant messages and initiatives to promote our intangible cultural heritage and to provide a global platform to our local art forms. Our effort this year will be concentrated on promoting heritage awareness among our guests and hence build a base for promotion of Assam as a Cultural Tourism hotspot. The festival experience would not only give the performers a platform to share their art form but also give a wider space to interact and see the performances of other art traditions.  The audience will witness a range of art forms with varied styles of artistic representations”. After the curtain raiser in Guwahati, the PIDF team will organize the Jorhat edition of the festival on 27th November at Jorhat Stadium, and thereafter in Majuli on 28th and 29th November at Uttar Kamalabari auditorium.

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