Pragjyoti International Dance Festival (PIDF), an annual classical dance extravaganza organized by Kalpa, a Society for Promotion of Literature, Art, Culture and Social Harmony, is celebrating a decade of its glorious cultural journey this year. The 10th edition will be a four-day classical dance extravaganza and will be held in three different places across Assam.
National award winner, Dr Anwesa Mahanta, a renowned a Sattriya danseuse who is the Festival Director of PIDF said, ‘Each and every year, we try to reach out to people with various dimensions and perspectives of dance. Dance is a holistic art form encompassing range of expressions. The festival is curated in such a way where each participant both in the form of performer and audience takes back home a rich experience of the heritage of dance.’
On 25th November, 2018, the curtain raiser will be held at Madhavadev International Auditorium in Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra, Guwahati. It will feature internationally recognized Ananya Dance Theatre, a contemporary Indian dance company based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. The Guwahati edition of the festival will be in collaboration with the Kri Foundation, Ford Foundation, Ananya Dance Theatre. Another highlight of the Guwahati edition will be the presence of reputed Syrian curator and cultural expert Alma Salem, who will interact with the students of Gauhati University on the situation of Syria and how the artistes are responding artistically.
After the curtain raiser in Guwahati, the PIDF team will travel to Jorhat, where the artistes will interact with the school/college students of the city in the morning hours of 27th November. In the evening on the same day, PIDF will showcase the performances by reputed international artistes from Italy and Russia along with many other artistes from various parts of India and local artistes of the region at Jorhat Stadium. The Jorhat edition of the festival has been organized in association with the District Administration, Jorhat and Pratah Bhraman Committee.
The grand finale will be held at the premier cultural heritage destination of Assam, Majuli on 28th and 29th November. The beautiful river island will witness performances by classical dancers from all around the world, thus becoming a catalyst in the promotion of social harmony and peace through culture. The festival will be held in association with the Uttar Kamalabari Sattra and District Administration, Majuli, with the support of Sangeet Natak Akademi where captivating performances by kaleidoscope of the nationally and internationally acclaimed artists along with the local artists of the region is bound to leave the audience of Majuli spellbound. The festival as a whole would be supported by Oil India Limited.