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Bangladesh dancer enthralls with Manipuri dance


PTI | New Delhi, July 20, 2011 12:37
Tags : Tajikistan Ambassador to India Saidov Saidbeg Boykhonovich |Manipuri dance in Bangladesh Tamanna Rahman |poet Kazi Nazrul Islam | "Eki Oporup Rupe Ma Tomar Herinu Palli Jononi |" "Shikol Pora Chhal Moder Ei Shikol Pora Chhal |" "Rongila Aapni Radha Tare Hori Rong Diona |" and "Tora Shob Joyodhoni Kor | Rabindrabharati University | Kolkata | | |

Poetry in her dance? Well, that's what Tajikistan Ambassador to India Saidov Saidbeg Boykhonovich found in the performance of noted exponent of Manipuri dance in Bangladesh Tamanna Rahman at a function to mark the birth anniversary of poet Kazi Nazrul Islam here last week.

Tamanna Rahman performed seven dance numbers with popular Nazrul songs, all choreographed by Tamanna herself and they included "Eki Oporup Rupe Ma Tomar Herinu Palli Jononi," "Shikol Pora Chhal Moder Ei Shikol Pora Chhal," "Rongila Aapni Radha Tare Hori Rong Diona," and "Tora Shob Joyodhoni Kor."

Tamanna, who has done her doctorate from Rabindrabharati University, Kolkata,  captivated the audience through her performance, so much so that the Tajik Ambassador, who watched her dance, penned during the function a poem in Persian on the danseuse and recited the same before the audience at the end of the programme.

The gist of Boykhonovich’s appreciation not only relates to Tamanna’s dance at the Bangladesh High Commission auditorium but also to that country’s cultural heritage and wished to see more of that heritage. Ever since the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi embarked on cultural diplomacy a couple of years ago in a break from the past, the aficionados of performing art in Delhi have had the opportunity to have a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage of that country.

And the latest in the series—a cultural evening celebrating the 112th birth anniversary of Bangladesh’s national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam—was no exception. The 300-strong audience had on July 15 was treated to dance, songs and poems of the rebel poet. Besides Tamanna Rahman, there were rendition of Nazrul numbers by local artists Mihir Kumar and Srabani Goswami and recitation of poems by Bangladesh’s Deputy High Commissioner to India Mahbub Hassan Saleh whose brilliant voice always calls for encore.

This was the second time Tamanna impressed the audience in Delhi in two months. She had also performed here in May at a function jointly held by India and Bangladesh to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. Mahbub Hassan Saleh enthralled the audience with his recitation of three poems of "Nazrul," "Bidrohi", "Kuli Majur" and "Aaj Srishti Shukher Ullashe". Mahbub's voice would definitely place him alongside any top professional Bengali recitation artistes and might even convince him that a new profession beckons him other than that of a career diplomat.

Mihir Kumar and Srabani Goswami rendered nine Nazrul songs including the ever-popular "Orunokanti Kego Jogi Bhikari", "Khelichhe Jolodebi", "Aamar Gohin Joler Nodi", "Aamar jaabar Shomoy Holo dao Biday", and "Durgomo Giri Kantar Moru". And with that, the programme ended on a very high note. Among the audience were distinguished cultural personalities like Shovana Narayan, a world famous Kathak Dance artiste, Leela   Venkataraman, noted dance critic and author in India, diplomats members of civil society and senior government officials.

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