A three-day Bharatanatyam festival titled ‘Rongarpon 2019’ featuring dance performances accompanied by Carnatic music recitals commenced at Chhayanaut auditorium in Dhanmondi on Monday.
Bharatanatyam is a major Indian classical dance that originated in the state of Tamil Nadu. The dance comprises expression, posture and rhythm. It is traditionally performed by a team containing a female solo dancer, accompanied by musicians and singers.
The festival at Chhayanaut, which has been organised by Kolpotoru, is featuring Bharatanatyam dance performances by Suddha Srimoyee Das, Shammy Akter and Zuairiyah Mouli, accompanied by visiting Indian musicians Nandakumar Unnikrishnan (vocal), Kirti Ramgopl (nattuvangam), P Janardhana Rao (mridangam) and Nitisish Kankal (flute).
The opening day featured performance by Suddha Srimoyee Das.
Suddha, who enthralled the audience presenting diverse Bharatanatyam styles, was introduced to Bharatanatyam by Arpita Shome Chowdhury. She has been training under Amit Chowdhury for a decade. She completed a diploma in Bharatanatyam under West Bengal Dance Group Federation in 2017 with distinction and is still continuing to dwell further in the art form.
The second day of the festival featured performance by Shammy Akter.
Besides Bharatanatyam, Shammy has an interest in other dance forms namely Kathakali, Mayurbhanj Chhau, Satriya dance, Kalaripayattu, Raibeshe, western folk dance, contemporary, Jaaz and Hip-hop.
The festival will end today with performance by Zuairiyah Mouli.
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