Centre for Studies & Research on Modern Dance in Kolkata 
- Shyamhari Chakra
e-mail: shyamhari@yahoo.com 
May 7, 2008 

On the eve of the World Dance Day celebrations on April 29, Kolkata witnessed the birth of a unique dance institution – Centre for Studies & Research on Modern Dance - at the Rabindra Bharati University in the Capital City.

The Aban Manch on the famed Jorasako campus, situated at the ancestral house of Rabindranath Tagore that has witnessed the birth of the revivalist movement of Bengal, was the venue for the inaugural ceremony that received rave response from the dance world of Kolkata. More than a hundred artistes gathered for the occasion.

The Centre is the brain-child of Manipuri dancer, scholar and teacher Dr. Sruti Bandopadhay who recently returned from USA after delivering a series of lectures at UCLA, Department of World Arts and Culture, as a visiting lecturer and a Fulbright Fellow. As an extension of her Fulbright Program, she had put forward a proposal to open such a Centre under the University that was approved and she was nominated as the Director of the Centre.

While well-known dance personality Dr.Gayatri Chatterjee inaugurated the Centre and Vice–Chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University Prof. Karunasindhu Das elaborated the objectives, Centre Director Sruti Bandopadhay emphasized on the necessity for opening of the Centre. She explained that that the thrust of the institution would be on generating an awareness of modern dance among the students of dance and dancers through workshops, lectures, courses, festivals and research works.
The function was followed by screening of "A Dancer's World," a film on Martha Graham.

For further information, Dr Sruti Bandopadhay, Director, Centre for Studies and Research on Modern Dance, Rabindra Bharati University can be contacted over telephone number 09331024199 or by e-mail to srutibandopadhay@gmail.com

A former journalist with the Indian Express group, Shyamhari Chakra is a New Delhi based freelancer writing on dance and culture. He is building up an archive on Odissi dance in Bhubaneswar.