Kalpa, a society for promotion of literature, art, culture and social harmony, announced the eleventh edition of Pragjyoti International Dance Festival (PIDF) today. During the conference, national award winning Sattriya danseuse and festival director of PIDF, Dr. Anwesa Mahanta announced that the festival will comprise of performances, film screening, and panel discussions on art, music and dance at the Madhavadeva International Auditorium in Guwahati on January 31 and February 1, 2020.
Dr. Anwesa Mahanta said, ‘The celebration of 11 glorious years of our Festival has been curated with a wider cause of addressing the various concerns of Dance – its practice and pedagogy, challenges and perspectives, training and research and other issues of social relevance. With a firm conviction to cultural identity, sharing a rich legacy of arts, the festival reaches out to the youth with a message of social harmony and cultural convergence through arts.’
The curtain raiser of PIDF will feature a performance of Pung Cholam by artistes of Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy, Imphal. Followed by this will a Bharatanatyam performance by noted dancer and an Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar awardee Lakshmi Parthasarathy Athreya after which the young and dynamic Sangita Chatterjee will present a Kathak recital.
The Festival has always valued the educative component of arts anJNMDd collaborated with various educational institutions for a wider youth outreach. This year, the Festival has joined hands with Department of English, Gauhati University and Assam Down Town University. Distinguished scholar, columnist, Dr. Arshiya Sethi would deliver an illustrated talk on ‘Tightly Plaited: Relationship between Literature, Dance and Indian Dramaturgy’ on 31st January at 11 am in Department of English, Gauhati University.
Noted art scholar and Founder of Kri Foundation Dr. Arshiya Sethi in collaborating with Kalpa says, I see a global and local valence for the Pragjyoti International Dance Festival that is celebrating its eleventh year. While there is a civic churning all around us, the very fact that we can come together, for art, is not just part of our civic duty, but testifies to the adhesive power of art. Kri Foundation, a haven in the forefront of activism through the arts, is privileged to be associated once again with Kalpa as part of the Pragjyoti International Dance Festival.