How Tagore shaped Sri Lankan dance drama

How Tagore shaped Sri Lankan dance drama

Many Sri Lankan dancers got inspired by Tagore, got trained in Shantiniketan, learned Kathakali and Manipuri as well as folk dances of India. Many were fortunate to even be part of dance drama productions at Shantiniketan. They later incorporated the Tagore dance drama into their indigenous forms. Chitrasena, Panibharatha, Nimal Welgama, Premakumara, Wasantha Kumara, Shesha Palihakkara, Anagalal Athukorala and Soorya Shankar Mollligoda were among those who incorporated the Tagore style in their compositions. Thus evolved the Mudra Natya of Sri Lanka ,writes Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai.

To Asifa: An Elegy

To Asifa: An Elegy

Here is an elegy by Badri Raina, a Hindu Kashmiri Pandit, on the brutal rape and murder of 8 year old Muslim tribal girl Asifa Bano in Kathua in Jammu by a retired government officer and a serving Special Police officer who enjoy communal support,

Shuja Haider and Aima Baig sing “Baanware” for Coke Studio 10

Shuja Haider and Aima Baig sing “Baanware” for Coke Studio 10

This duet musical conversation has powerful, ethereal vocals from Pakistani singers Aima Baig and Shuja Haider. Shuja has also composed the music and written the lyrics. Put on your headphone for maximum enjoyment: Bhooli Bisri Chand Umeedein Chand Fasaane Yaad Aayein Tum Yaad Aaye Aur Tumhare Saath Zamane Yaad Aayein. Baanwre, Banwre Banwre -x2, Baanware […]

Slave Island in Colombo is where the colonial and the modern coexist

Slave Island in Colombo is where the colonial and the modern coexist

By Dr. Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai As a train whistles out of Kompannavidiya Railway Station in Colombo 2, it passes by a road in its immediate vicinity- where traditional, colonial and contemporary public spaces stand next to each other as silent sentinels connecting history with modernity. It is the Justice Akbar Mawatha, stretching from Kompannavidiya Railway […]

Wooden dolls of Sri Lanka from ancient to modern times

Wooden dolls of Sri Lanka from ancient to modern times

By Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai A cherished exhibit on shelves in gift shops in Sri Lanka is the country’s indigenous wooden doll. There are made of single scraps of wood with the limbs painted on the torso. The head is moulded into a smooth round top on which the details of the face, the head-gear, hair, […]

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