‘I want to promote B’deshi dance on global stage’

Pooja Sengupta tells New Age

Tanzil Rahaman | Published: 00:00, May 17,2019

 
 
Pooja Sengupta

Pooja Sengupta

Dancer-choreographer Pooja Sengupta wants to promote Bangladeshi dance on global stage.
Pooja, who is the artistic director of dance troupe Turongomi, has recently participated in Philippine International Dance Festival 2019 in Manila
along with Turongomi artistes Susmita Lopa and Lopa Adhikari.
‘It is indeed a matter of great joy that Turangami has represented Bangladesh twice in the prestigious dance festival in the Philippines. I conducted a workshop on Dahamail dance this year at the festival where around 1,200 Filipino dance instructors attended,’ Pooja Sengupta, told New Age.
Artistes of Turongomi, led by Pooja, performed a dance recital synchronised with national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam’s song Ami purobo desher puro nari on the opening day of the festival. The performance was directed and choreographed by Pooja Sengupta.
‘We chose the song because Kazi Nazrul Islam has tried to portray the beauty of
women of the Indian subcontinent through the song,’ said Pooja.
‘We staged also a dance performance named “Shundori Komola” at Olotayan Island in the Philippines as part of the festival. We staged Turongomi’s acclaimed production titled “Anamika Sagorkonna” on the festival’s concluding day,’ added Pooja.
‘So far we have staged twenty shows of Anamika Sagorkonna at home and aboard. We premiered the production at a programme in Bangkok, following which we staged it in Vietnam and other countries,’ said Pooja, who also spoke about Turongomi’s acclaimed production Waterness.
‘Our dance drama titled “Waterness” portrays the relationship between water and women. We have made this production targeting the global audience,’ said Pooja.
When asked how she feels about the young dancers entering the local dance scene, Puja replied, ‘The younger generation is really talented. I am optimistic about the new comers. If guided properly, they can accomplish anything.’

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