Thursday, 19 September 2019

Parallel streams - creative and classical - The Eastern Eye: Column by Dr.Utpal K Banerjee

In the span of one month, two opposite polarities of ensemble dancing surfaced in the eastern metropolis. At one end, a group -- avowedly known for its contemporary credo -- threw the gauntlet into an open arena of creativity, to be picked up by any performative discipline. One can call it "collaboration" or "co-creation" or whatever one likes, the point made was to make the mantra of creative integrity and cut across borders of time and distance, and represent a global coherence of thoughts. In other words, they sought to celebrate the spirit of positive exchange and growth through a coming together of various artists and art forms, of tradition and contemporaneity, of individual and collective, of sensory and perceptive intelligence. At the other end was a well recognized body of corporate excellence, known for its running of successful whole night music and dance soirees for decades, now going for a clear amalgam of competitively chosen dancing talents and well established dancers --- all from the nationally demarcated classical genres --- with a judicious mix from Kolkata and outside, in a well honed three day format. It made interesting watching of both the polarities producing their own fascinating results.

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