WBRi Special Event Report - Swagatalakshmi Dasgupto and Anurekha Ghosh at Rabindrasadan, Kolkata on July 7, 2010

Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta - Anurekha GhoshOn 7th July, 2010 we got the opportunity to experience dancing of famous singer Swagatalaxmi Dasgupto with another legendary dancer, BBC award winner Anurekha Ghosh at Rabindrasadan, Kolkata.

Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta - Anurekha GhoshEvery year, in memory of her father; Classical Legend Late Shri Pabitro Dasgupto, Swagatalaxmi arranges the annual function of her institution Ashokrenu. Ashokrenu has completed its journey of one era as it is 12 years old now.

Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta - Anurekha GhoshAnchored by elocutionist Alok Roy Ghatak, the program had three major parts; - Dance drama Chitrangada by Rabindranath Tagore, felicitation of another famous singer Lopamudra Mitro and solo program of Swagatalaxmi compromising songs of her own composition.

The sound was very good that day.

Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta - Anurekha GhoshThe conception of set and the lighting for Chitrangada was awesome specially presence of bow and arrow in front of a tree and a idol of a girl dressed partly as boy as and partly  as girl indicates the story of Chitrangada very clearly.

Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta - Anurekha GhoshRabindranath conceptualized story of Chitrangada from Mahabharata where Manipur princess Chitrangada, who always dressed as boy as per her father’s wish, met Pandav Arjun at the time of his 14 years of absconding at the time of hunting in forest. She felt in love with him so prayed to God of Love, Madan to become feminine and beautiful and she became with his blessings. Then she went to Arjun, who was in sainthood but felt in love with her but after listening to everybody felt his love for Chitrangada as she was before getting blessings from Madan. Then Chitrangada realized the actual essence of love and went to Madan to get her actual look. She got and came to Arjun who accepted her and they married.

Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta - Anurekha Ghosh

Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta - Anurekha Ghosh

Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta - Anurekha Ghosh

The dance drama used voices of Ashokrenu disciples as well as Swagatalaxmi for songs and interpretation of Chitrangada even the performers on stage were none but students of Ashokrenu along with Swagatalaxmi and Anurekha, who is eventually taking her singing lessons from Swagata by the side of her dancing.

The singing part was very good but they might use male voice for male characters in stead of female voices. After her performance as mother in Chandalika, Swagata was more matured in her second attempt as dancer as Kurupa Chitrangada (Chitrangada in male dress) but her steps were slower than expectation as per the character demanded. The dancer as Arjun has to improve as lot. We thought sometimes that he was dancing forcibly!! Madan was good but excellent was Anurekha as Surupa Chitrangada ( feminine Chitrangada ). We really appreciated her dancing skills and she truly ruled the stage as long as she was present on stage.

The middle part was felicitation of Lopamudra Mitro by Swagatalaxmi on behalf of Ashokrenu. Every year Ashokrenu, in memory of Late Pabitro Dasgupto, felicitates one young legend for his or her contribution in cultural field. Lopa was very cordial through out her speech.

Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta - Anurekha Ghosh

The last part was solo presentation of Swagata where she excelled with every presentation and showed her command to sing hymns (slokas) with proper pronunciation and music as well as lyricist and composer. We hope to listen more songs of her own lyric and music again and again.

Many eminent personalities including actor-cum-singer Arjun Chakraborty were present at auditorium that day.