Dance drama “Chitrangada” mesmerizes visitors at Bengal Pre-Puja Exposition

New Delhi, August 20: A scintillating performance by acclaimed Odissi dancer-choreographer Padmashree Ranjana Gauhar and her troupe, presenting Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s dance drama “Chitrangada”, left the audience spell-bound at the courtyard of Handloom Haat, Janpath, last evening.

The programme was organized by the Office of the Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal, as part of the “Bengal Pre-Puja Exposition 2017”, which is being held at Handloom Haat from 19th to 27th August, 2017. The fair is showcasing exquisite and exclusive handloom and handicrafts creations of master weavers and craftspersons of the state.

The dance production recounted the tale of Chitrangada, a brave Manipuri princess, and Arjuna, the great warrior from the epic Mahabharata.

Another cultural soiree will be organized at the same venue on 26th August, 2017, from 6.30 pm onwards, with a performance by well-known Bengali folk band “Sahajiya”. The group combines traditional Bengali folk musical instruments like ektara, dotara, khamak and dubki with instruments from other part of the world to render a wide range of Bengali folk songs such as Bhatiyali, Bhawaiya, JhumurBaul and Fakiri.