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Other Programs

Saturday, September 27

1. Durga Avahaan | Nataraj School of Dance | Time: 6:15 PM

Nataraj School of Dance, a premier dance institute, located at Union City and San Leandro, was founded in 1997 by Sima Chakraborty to train students of all ages and abilities, in the ancient dance form of Odissi. Odissi is a soft and lyrical dance form originating in the eastern state of Orissa.

Sima Chakraborty started learning Odissi from the age of ten and received part of her training at the prestigious Rabindra Bharati University in India under the able guidance of Guru Muralidhar Majhi. She was a student of the Master Of Arts (Odissi Dance) program at Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, India. She received Gold Medal from the University for her excellence in Odissi.

"Durga Avahaan" is the opening dance performance with comprising of 'Mangalacharan', 'Aravi Pallavi', and 'Jaya Bhagavati'.

2. 6 Strings Band | Time: 6:45 PM

Bay Area Bengali band, 6 Strings, performs modern Bengali songs from recent Bengali movies, old Bengali classics, Tagore song reinterpretations and chosen Bollywood numbers. Their distinct "sound" is created by a sublime blend of innovative musicianship, live impromptu jamming and dynamic onstage presence. Be prepared to be thrilled!
Band members:
Debjani Roy Chattopadhyay
Dhritiman Dasgupta
Judhajit Chakraborty
Siddhartha Chattopadhyay
Subhen Khatua


Sunday, September 28

1. Melodious Medley | "Bandish" | Time: 4:45 PM

From the time immemorial, music is considered a classical art form, a medium to express emotions that words fail to describe and a means to create relationship. Each human civilization has a specific taste and thereby has created a specific genre or forte of music. With hustle-bustle of mechanical life, those art forms are neglected and sometimes getting completely wiped out from memory.

Bandish is a league of talented musicians, who shares a common goal: revive and rejuvenate the Indian traditional forms and show their charisma to the world. Each member of "Bandish" boasts of a unique & special expertise, which strengthens & compliments the entire team. In our compositions we try our best to maintain the theme & essence of the song, but put forth our own imagination & creativity.

We embarked on a voyage through the world of music on October 2011. Since then Bandish has performed in numerous occasions, festivals and cultural events in San Fransisco Bay Area, Sacramento & Las Vegas. On the auspicious occasion of Durga Puja organized by Sanskriti, Bandish's repertoire will include semi-classical, traditional and folk songs. Some of the songs are real gems but hardly ever attempted by anyone in music concerts.

2. Manipuri Dance | Chandreyee Mukherjee | 5:15 PM

Chandreyee Mukherjee was born into a family of musicians, dancers and artists.  Her introduction to the arts started at a very young age, with music lessons from her mother, Smt Jayanti Purkayastha, an eminent exponent of Rabindrasangeet, and painting lessons from her father, Sri. Proloy Purkayastha. She started training in classical Manipuri style at the age of 6, under the tutelage of Guru Devjani Chaliha, a disciple of Guru Padmasree Maisnam Amubi Singh, one of the doyens and pillars of Manipuri Dance. She received her diploma in Manipuri Dance from the prestigious Manipuri dance Institution in Kolkata, "Meitei Jagoi". She continues to train with her Guru Devjani Chaliha, when she visits India. Her Guru, Smt Devjani Chaliha  is currently working on the life of Maisnam Guru Amubi Singh, at the invitation of Jawaharlal Nehru Dance Academy of Imphal.

Chandreyee  has been an active performer in various prestigious dance events in India, both in classical Manipuri and other dance forms,with great reviews from critics. After a hiatus of a few years, while pursuing graduate studies in the US, she resumed her dance by performing Manipuri in the Bay Area. In her quest to further understand and explore another classical dance form, she started to train in Odissi, initially under her aunt Smt Mitra Purkayastha in New Jersey and subsequently from Smt Niharika Mohanty, the founder Director of Guru Shradha.  She has also been receiving guidance from Smt. Sujata Mohapatra and Guru Ratikant Mohapatra in Odissi.

Chandreyee firmly believes in the motto of her Guru, that dance is not just an exercise in imitation and reproduction.  To her, dance is an experience of the entire artistic process, a way of life.  Her interests lie in creating more awareness of the lesser known dance form, Manipuri, keeping alive the purity and the tradition, yet working to reach out better to the audience.  Her other interests revolve around experimenting with different dance forms and creating contemporary choreographic compositions incorporating classical Indian and Western dance styles. She has worked with Sri Sanjib Bhattacharya  as a co-choreographer for the classical Manipuri section at the North American Bengali  Conference 2012 Closing Ceremony.  Her production and performance along with her group in the classical festival " Kala Mahotsav" in Sunnyvale, earlier this year was highly acclaimed.  She has also been invited to present and introduce Classical Manipuri at the India Day Festival in Santana Row on October 4th where she will be performing  along with  her dance group, Kriti.


Durga Puja 2016 in Retrospect

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