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Moksh in tribute to Dr. Sunil Kothari
Photos courtesy: Sangeet Sattra

February 3, 2021

The untimely demise of dance scholar Dr Sunil Kothari led to a standstill among all art enthusiasts. In revered memory of the great legend, Directorate of Cultural Affairs, Assam in collaboration with Sangeet Sattra and Darpan Dance Akademi paid their heartfelt tribute and homage to the departed soul by organizing the event MOKSH - an evening of Indian classical dance, on 21st of January 2021 at Rabindra Bhawan, Guwahati.

The evening was addressed by Ranjumoni Saikia and Dr. Anjanamoyee Saikia. The evening also witnessed the presence of dignitaries like Guru Jatin Goswami, Swapnanil Baruah (Retd IAS and working President of Sangeet Sattra), Madhurima Baruah (IAS, Secretary, Cultural Department, Govt. of Assam), Bipul Das (eminent Kathak exponent), Dr. Ranjan Kakoti (Director, Students Welfare, Guwahati University), Moinul Haque (eminent Mime artist), Dr. Arup Bordoloi (Project Director, North East Centre) and Amar Kalita (Asst. Research Officer, Directorate of Cultural Affairs).

The evening began with a Khol recital by Arunabh Jyoti Malakar, Biswajit Bordoloi and Kangkan Jyoti Saikia. They were accompanied by Juri Das on the cymbals and Nibir Dev Sharma on flute. Madhurashtakam was a Kathak recital by the students of Bipul Das.

This was followed by Eklavya Gurudakshina, a Sattriya based abhinaya performed by the senior students of Sangeet Sattra. The evening also witnessed Dr. Anjanamoyee Saikia and her disciples perform Pallabi, an important part of the Odissi repertoire. Anita Sharma's Sattriya piece was a choreography set to three different borgeets written by Sri Sri Madhabdeva. Next, the students of Sangeet Sattra presented a Krishna Vandana followed by a Borgeetor Abhinaya on the borgeet theme Gopi Biroho, written by Srimanta Sankaradeva. Lastly, the senior students of Bipul Das performed a Shiv Vandana on Ardhanareeshwara. The evening was hosted by Oonmona Das, a senior disciple of Sangeet Sattra.

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