ARANYA AMRITA presented by Dancers’ Guild, Kolkata
Performance of their dance drama, 'Aranya Amrita', followed by a discussion with the audience.
This is a free event for one night only.
Monday 24th October 2016 7pm - 9pm.
As the name suggests, ‘Aranya Amrita’ is the immortalization and continuum of nature, aranya meaning forest. The dance drama is based on legend of the Bishnoi Community of Rajasthan that dates back to 1740.
Amrita was a woman of the Bishnoi Community who lived in perfect harmony with nature until the woodcutters (commanded by the Rajah of Jodhpur) came to disrupt their sanctity of peace. Led by Amrita, the Bishnoi plead with the woodcutters to spare their spot of green amidst the arid land of Rajasthan. A confrontation takes place, but the Bishnoi sacrifice their lives to the merciless axe of the woodcutters which devastates the forest. This dance drama is based on the Chipko Movement of environmental consciousness that started in India in 1973, which takes its inspiration from the experience of the leadership given by Amrita to the women of Khejarli village in Rajasthan, which has inspired sustainability campaigns to save the planet round the world.
This magnificent dance drama presented by Dancers’ Guild piece ends with the promise signified by the sloka , “let the earth we dig become greener and greener everyday”.
Dance concept & choreography: Late Dr. Manjusri Chaki Sircar and Late Ranjabati Sircar
Dance direction: Jonaki Sarkar
Music direction: Swapan Pakrashi
Vocal: Arun Bhaduri
Instrument: Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar
Dancers: Rabi Shankar Roy
Management: Parbati Gupta