Local and Indian dancers entertained the audience presenting Gaudiya dance, which is claimed to have originated in the Bengal, at the main auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum on Wednesday.
Artistes of Kolkata-based Gaudiya Nritya Bharati, led by dancer-cum-researcher Mohua Mukherjee, demonstrated different styles of Gaudiya dance. Besides, eminent Indian dancers Shatabdi Acharyya, Ayan Mukherjee and local dancer Rachel Priyanka Perris also performed at the programme, organised by Bangiya Sahitya-Sangskriti Sangsad.
A 40-minute documentary on Gaudiya dance directed by Mahua Mukherjee was also screened at the event.
‘Indian government has already recognised Gaudiya dance as the only classical dance originating from Bengal. We are now promoting and popularising it’, said Mahua Mukherjee, who now holds the Tagore chair at Dhaka University.
Like other classical dance genres, Gaudiya, alternatively spelled Gauriya, also seeks blessings from gods and goddesses.
Female members of Gaudiya Nritya Bharati presented Chandi Bandana, in which they sought blessings from Chandi, a Hindu goddess believed to be the combined form of Lakshmi, Saraswati and Durga.
Next two dancers of Gaudiya Nritya Bharati presented Ardhanariswar, a dance piece rejoicing the eternal bond between men and women.
Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzman Noor was present at the programme as chief guest.
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