The history of Gaudiya Nritya was presented through pictures of ancient sculptures showing different stances of the classical dance form at a seminar held at Lecture Theatre Hall of fine arts faculty of Dhaka University on Tuesday.
Professor of Dhaka University Mahua Mukhopadhyay presented the keynote paper titled ‘Gaudiya Nritya: Banglar Murti O Chitrakala’ at the seminar.
Proofs of Gaudiya Nritya can be found in different sculptures discovered at archeological sites in Bangladesh and India. The earliest sculptures date back to the Kushan Empire, which was founded in 1st century AD, said professor Mahua in her paper.
Mahua also showed pictures of the sculptures depicting the dance form kept in various museums in Dhaka, Patna, Delhi, Malda and also presented how Gaudiya Nritya was practiced in ancient India. She also showed the pictures of pala paintings and pata chitra works depicting Gaudiya dance.
Lecturer of Dhaka University and dance artiste Agnes Rachel Perris performed different stances of Gaudiya Nritya described by professor Mahua.
Besides, Rachel Perris presented two dance recitals including Dasavatar taken from Gita Govinda penned by Joydiva at the programme, which was organised by oriental art department of FFA.
Dean of faculty of fine Arts Nisar Hossain, chairman of oriental art department Malay Bala, chairman of drawing and painting department Shishir Bhattacharjee, lecturer of oriental art department Dipti Datta and others were present at the programme.
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