Kolkata, 18th January 2017: The rich cultural heritage and creative minds of the people of Bengal are best reflected in their traditional art forms, folk songs and dances. Keeping this in mind, Sushila Birla Girls’ School, Kolkata organized their annual art festival named“Celebrating Bengal” where artists from Purulia and Hooghly performed along with the students. There was also an engaging interactive session held in the school premises prior to the main event where the students and the artists shared their views regarding the dying art forms of Bengal and how they can be revived. Sharmila Bose, Principal, Sushila Birla Girls’ School was present to address the media.
The students performed the first act of the program where they enacted the male “Chhau” dance form of Purulia and the song was adapted from Tagore’s Nritya Batyan Nataraj Riturangasala. They have attended a 7 day workshop on Chhau, and have been trained by Ms. Madhumita Pal of Purulia.
This learning, appreciation and performance of Bengal’s traditional art forms would be the official entry of Sushila Birla Girls’ School’s to ‘Kolkata Art Festival’ organized by Indian Chamber of Commerce.
The artists from Purulia and Hooghly performed on “Chhau”, “Nachni” and “Jatra”. Chhau is a major classical Indian dance, with origins in the eastern Indian states of Odisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal. It is found in three styles named after the location where they are performed, i.e. the Mayurbhanj Chau of Odisha, the Purulia Chau of Bengal and the Seraikella Chau of Seraikela & Kharsawan District of Jharkhand. The dance ranges from celebrating martial arts, acrobatics and athletics performed in festive themes of a folk dance. Nachini Dance is found in the east-central Indian states of Jharkhand, West Bengal, and Orissa, refers to female performers who sing and dance professionally in rural areas, accompanied by male ḍhulki and nagara drummers who move around the stage with her. Women Nachnis are thought to embody the goddess Radha while the male dancing partner is a stand-in for Krishna. Mangal Jatra Sangstha (Darhatta, Hoogly), performed the Jatra named ‘Bou Hoyeche Ranger Biwi.’
The art festival was graced by the esteemed presence of many eminent personalities of the city like Sociallite Nilanjana Chakraborty, Actor Barun Chanda, Theatrician Sujoy Prasad Chatterjee and many more.
About the School: Sushila Birla Girls’ School provides a warm, caring, stimulating and challenging environment in which the students learn and develop. They aim to provide an education which explores and strengthens the potential which is innate in every individual but awaiting expression. In order to do so, they seek to provide an environment which enriches the intellectual, spiritual, emotional and physical development of the pupil in an atmosphere that is happy and nurturing. Emphasis is thus placed on promoting personal achievement, building a sense of responsibility and ultimately securing a strong sense of self. Their vision is to structure the school curriculum and activities in a manner that will enhance the girl-child’s confidence and strengthen her sense of self.