Sangeet Natak Akademi presents "Folk Dances of Assam" video screening as part of Sanchayan - Screening of archival films & video recordings at Meghdoot Theatre, Rabindra Bhavan, 35, Ferozeshah Road > 4pm on 16th May 2015 - Delhi Events
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Sangeet Natak Akademi presents "Folk Dances of Assam" video screening as part of Sanchayan - Screening of archival films & video recordings at Meghdoot Theatre, Rabindra Bhavan, 35, Ferozeshah Road > 4pm on 16th May 2015

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Event Description : 
Sangeet Natak Akademi presents "Folk Dances of Assam" video screening as part of Sanchayan - Screening of archival films & video recordings.
Poorvottar Rang Mahotsava 2014, Jawahar Kala 

Suknani Ojhapali: Ojhapali is a unique form of dance involving three art forms - Song, Dance and 
Drama. It is performed by a group of six or seven men of whom the chief performer is called Ojha, 
who is supported by five palis or assistants; hence the name Ojhapali. Suknani Ojhapali aims at presenting the tragic story of Behula and Lakhinder from the Padma Purana. The easy yet high standard rhyme is accompanied by pleasant rhythm, tune and dance. This art is performed normally during Manasa puja as the life of the protagonist of the story is affected by the Goddess Manasa, the Serpent-Goddess.

Deodhani Dance: Deodhani dance is performed solo or in group of four or five females essentially on the occasion of Devi Manasa puja or Maroi. As per mythology, Behula had to dance before the Goddess Manasa to get back her husband Lakhinder to life. The dancers wear mekhela, a traditional dress in muga or Assam Silk, red blouse, and different traditional jewellery, and leave their hair open. The dancer(s) dance to the tune of Joydhol and Bartaal played by palis.

Ghosanaam: The gayan sailee Nagara Naam is a popular traditional performing art form of Assam.
It is as popular as Pandawani of Chhattisgarh. This art form is performed by females. Like Teejan Bai in Chhattisgarh, Mrs Baijayanti Nath Talukdar is one of the best performers of this art form in Assam. She enacts tales from the Mahabharata, Ramayana, Puranas, etc., with musical accompaniments. She plays on sixteen pairs of big cymbals (Bhortaal) at a time, which is the most attractive part of this performance. In this performance, two other male performers perform one big Nagara. Also four to six female co-artists accompany her every moment of the performance. Duration of the performance is about 20 to 30 minutes. As a whole it is a colourful and rhythmic performance of Assam.

Background : Over the past six decades, Sangeet Natak Akademi has built up an archive of audio and video tapes, photographs, slides and films on the performing arts.
Click here to read more about Sanchayan - Screening of archival films and video recordings.

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Sangeet Natak Akademi presents "Folk Dances of Assam" video screening as part of Sanchayan - Screening of archival films & video recordings at Meghdoot Theatre, Rabindra Bhavan, 35, Ferozeshah Road > 4pm on 16th May 2015 Sangeet Natak Akademi presents "Folk Dances of Assam" video screening as part of Sanchayan - Screening of archival films & video recordings at Meghdoot Theatre, Rabindra Bhavan, 35, Ferozeshah Road > 4pm on 16th May 2015 Reviewed by Rohit Malik on Saturday, May 16, 2015 Rating: 5

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