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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Dance drama ‘Savitri’ staged

Cultural Correspondent - May 16, 2009

Shri Aurobindo Anusilan Society of Kolkata, India, staged a dance drama, ‘Savitri’, at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Thursday evening.

The Indian high commission in Dhaka and the Indian Council of Cultural Relations jointly organised the show. Before the staging of the drama, Bangladesh’s industries minister Dilip Borua and the Indian deputy high commissioner Mukta De Tomar spoke briefly. The dance drama was based on Shri Aurobindo’s epic ‘Savitri’, considered as one of the longest poems written in English literature.

The story is based on the mission for immortality by King Asutapathi who was blessed by a daughter Savitri as a prize for his life-long sadhana. Savitri chose Satyaban as a groom even after knowing that he was going to die within a year.

 Savitri took a chance to fight with Yama – the king of death. Sri Aurbindo in his work has described the reason and purpose of creation, the evolution and its progress to a high form, and the ultimate destiny of the universe.

Dr Jaganmoy Banerjee choreographed the dance drama.


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