An evening of Indian classical dance – ‘Chanda Rupa’, organized by the Guwahati-based Darpan Dance Akademi in association with the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, was held at the Sri Sri Madhavdeva Auditorium, Srimanta Sankardev Kalkshetra, Guwahati, recently. The production conceptualized as a dance–drama – a style that opens up various threads of interpretation was an amalgamation of two major Indian classical dance forms – Assam’s Sattriya and Odissi of Odisha, and was performed under the supervision of Dr. Anjana Moyee Saikia, a prominent Odissi and Sattriya dancer.
It was a visual treat and a rare privilege for the spectators to witness an age-old traditional performance of dance and music, where a refined form of Sattriya and Odissi dances were presented.
In India, classical dance and music is a synthesis of Indian literature, art, mythology, philosophy, poetry, and history. It is a vital living expression of Indian culture and values. The tradition has been treated as a form of worship, a narrator of folklore, mythology, a medium of expression of our unique culture. ‘Chanda Rupa’ tried to reflect the same with an aesthetically wonderful presentation that featured music from Odisha and Assam.
The music was based on Hindustani classical music as well as Borgeet of Assam. The unique theme not only mesmerized the packed crowds but also attracted a host of art enthusiasts. The programme was attended by several celebrities, including dance connoisseurs. The lighting, designed by Kaushik Borbora, complemented the play.
‘Chanda Rupa’ was launched by Pritom Saikia, Commissioner, and Secretary, Cultural Affairs Department, Government of Assam. Noted actor Pranjal Saikia was the chief guest and Borbayan Ghanakanta Bora, Sattriya exponent and recipient of SNA Award was the guest of honor at the function.
The dances were performed by Dr. Anjana Moyee Saikia, Nilakshi Sarma, Elizi Ojah, Priyakshi Pujari, Sanchita Das, Sarmistha Choudhury and Ishika Bhattacharyya. The music was composed by Anil Mohapatra and Ramachandra Behra of Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The accompanying artistes were Kusha Mahanta (khol), Anil Mohapatra, Bhupen Nath, Krantika Sandilya (vocals), Ramachandra Behra (pakhowaj), Soundarjya Ranjan Ray (sitar), Paban Rabha (flute), Devojit Goswami (violin) and Nripen Talukdar (taal).