Fancy and Fantasy – Gurudev’s works come alive on stage : Conceived by Dr Utpal K Banerjee

I had the honour of anchoring the organization of the unique dance evening – Fancy and Fantasy – that well known performing art critique Dr. Utpal K Banerjee conceived.

Fancy and Fantasy brought Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s later life works for children to the stage through the translations of Utpal da, choreographed and performences by very eminent gurus and dancers – Shovana Narayan ji in Kathak, Vaidyanathans – Saroja ji, Rama and Dakshina in Bharatanatyam, Bharati Shivaji with disciples in Mohiniyattam, and Santosh Nair and his disciple Rishi Sharma with fellow dancers in Chhau and Contemporary dance form. My humble gratitude to each of the gurus for whole-heartedly making this evening a memorable one through their performances. No words can really thank them enough.

Each of the guru picked up one or two poems of Gurudev’s from the translated works of Dr. Utpal Banerjee – Rainbow Rhymes of Tagore – published by National Sahitya kala akademi.

Fancy and Fantasy collage

Here is the coverage of the program on ‘Colors of India’ on Doordarshan, the Indian television channel.

You can also view the photographs of the evening at this link The photographic captures of Fancy and Fantasy


Gurus and Maestros

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Maestros and Gurus, a set on Flickr.

This is a small tribute to Gurus and Maestros.

I have tried to get all the gurus and maestros that I have listened to, watched performing and interacted with thus far. There are many more young outstanding performers whom I have watched and interacted with, but have not included along with these visionaries. I am sure I will in due course of time.

‘Let us save our Ladlis’ – An alarming truth about Female Feticide

In India, over five lakh girl children get bumped off even before they are born! Imagine what has nation lost in the last twenty years of technology facilitation!! That is the statistic given by a ‘proactive ex-chief of health services’ of the state of Haryana. He narrated how he had to face-off threats from MPs and many power-mongers, when he set out to set things right in the ‘notorious state of Haryana’, as he confessed. Straight and honest talk from Haryanvi himself, I must say.

Let us facilitate them outshine themselves

A young lady, did a three minute presentation on how ‘the govt’ turns a blind eye to the scores of clinics that are into prenatal sex identification for abortion. She shared that her in-laws were after her to abort the twin-girls in the womb after one such exercise, and how she fought tooth and nail to see the pregnancy through, even at the cost of losing the family support! She then went on to investigate the corrupt practices of the ‘sex-identifying clinics and doctors’. She filed an RTI to know the real data, that showed an alarming truth of how government permits the clinics to be open in the name of ‘social service’, even though supreme court had passed stringent punishment for violation of even not keeping records of the processes done in there. Most of the clinics do not keep any records, that in itself calls for punishment. More over, when they are caught for the act of ‘terminating’ they are let off without any stringent action against the clinics or doctors…

That is precisely where the Health Chief from Haryana, stood out when he shared his mission to curtail the practise. And he showed the data of how the numbers moved in the upward direction in the ensuing four years of his action…

It was a very thought-provoking evening at Stein Audi, where I ventured to see a dance presentation by Shovana Narayan, ‘Ladli’….

But I came out of the Audi more enlightened, with a resolve to do something towards the cause, “Let us save our Ladlis”!!

with love,

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