The two-day Guru Bipin Singh Centenary Manipuri Dance Festival ended on Saturday at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy through presentation of group dance recitals and a lecture on Manipuri dance maestro Bipin Singh.
Five local dance schools namely Nrityam Nritya Shilan Kendra, Bhabna, Dhriti Nrityanalaya, Dhrummel and Kolpotoru under the banner of Guru Bipin Singh Centenary Festival Committee, in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, organised the festival marking the birth centenary of Manipuri dance maestro Bipin Singh.
Indian dance historian Dr Sunil Kothari delivered a lecture highlighting Guru Bipin Singh’s contributions in popularising and promoting Manipuri dance.
‘Guru Bipin Singh was an eminent Manipuri dance exponent, researcher and choreographer. He took Manipuri dance from temples to stages and popularised the genre among young dance artistes and students in both India and Bangladesh,’ said Dr Sunil Kothari.
Following the lecture, artistes of Nrityam Nritya Shilan Kendra entertained the audience presenting Manipuri dance pieces like Mangolacharan, Krishnaroop Varnan, Suka-Sari Kathakata and Bajikarkhel choreographed by late Guru Bipin Singh.
Directed by Tamanna Rahman, a disciple of Guru Bipin Singh, the pieces glorified diverse aspects of Lord Krishna. Mangolacharan, synchronised with Sanskrit slokas, sought blessings from the gods.
Krishna Roop Varnan described the beauty of Lord Krishna, Suka-Sari Kathakata depicted fights between the two birds Suka and Sari. Suka praised Lord Krishna and Sari praised Radha.
Bajikarkhel, on the other hand, portrayed Krishna in the guise of an acrobat trying to impress Radha.
Artistes of Dhriti Nityanalaya presented a Manipuri dance named Leichan, while artistes of Kolpotoru and Dhrummel presented Nartan Malika comprising a few short Manipuri pieces like Krishna Nartan, Radha Nartan, Jugal Nartan and others.
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