June 25, 2016
State government to organise workshops to revive traditional dance forms
The state government has decided to organise workshops to revive different forms of folk dances which are on the verge of getting extinct. West Bengal Chief Minister had taken many initiatives for revival of different traditional dance forms in the past five years.
The Information and Cultural Affairs Department will organise the workshop in which around 70 artists will be participating from different parts of the state.
Dance forms like Chandi Dance, Bhandi Dance, Rabankata Dance, Gajan Dance and Samsan Dance will be the part of the workshop scheduled to be held on June 25 at Lalan Mancha in Chitkalikapur.
Teams of Chandi Dance from Bhetaguri and Dinhata in Cooch Behar, Bhandi Dance from Mathabhanga in Cooch Behar, Rabankata from Bishnupur in Bankura, Gajan Dance from Sudpur in Burdwan and Samsan Dance Shiblun in Burdwan will be present in the workshop.
The artists will be interacting with the folk dance experts during the workshop. There will also be dress designers and experts in the workshop where they will work along with the artists to develop new ideas maintaining the tradition of the dance forms.
Folk dance researchers will also be present in the workshop and they will speak to the artists about their respective dance forms. The artists will be immensely benefited as they will get an opportunity to work with the people who are experts in the field.
The artists will also be provided with dress, musical instruments and other equipment including masks after the workshop ends.