VERY recently Garfa Mitrayan presented Rabindranath Tagore’s well-known dance drama ‘Kaalmrigaya’ at the Madhusudan Mancha here today with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, and also the support of Gaudiya Nritya Bharati and Bikramshila.
Felicitated on this occasion were eminent dancer Sm. Kalavati Devi, Prof. Mahua Mukherjee, former Rabindranath Chair Professor, ICCR, Dhaka University, Padmashri Niranjan Goswami, Director, Indian Mime Theatre, Dr. Haimanti Chattopadhyay, Member Secretary, West Bengal State Akademi of Dance Drama Music and Visual Arts, Rabindra Bharati University, and Shri Kohinoor Sen Barat, eminent dancer and choreographer.
The story of ‘Kaalmrigaya’ revolves around the death of a blind saint’s son, killed by King Dasharath. The son, even after being intimidated by natural calamities near the Sarayu river, does not deter from his vow of providing water to his thirsty father. Dasharath, after following a deer cub during a hunt, shoots an arrow through the bushes near the river, that ends up fatally wounding the boy. Before taking his last breath, the boy requests Dasharath to take his body to his father and Dasharath agrees. Initially, the blind saint, being in pain and anger, curses Dasharath of also suffering the loss of a son, but then forgives him. A unique side of Rabindranath Tagore is evoked in this dance drama. The sense of death and forgiveness is depicted in his post- adolescent phase. To think more deeply, the magnanimity of forgiveness can truly be felt in death.
‘Kaalmrigaya’ has been conceived and directed by music composer, arranger and dancer Subhadip Chakraborty, with Satabdi Acharyya’s dance direction, Ayan Mukherjee’s assistance in music direction, and the guidance and advice of Guru Banani Chakraborty on all aspects of production. The director has been very careful not to disrupt the essence of Tagore’s thoughts while adding new dimensions to this dance drama. In this process, extracts from Krittibas’ Ramayana have been added to Tagore’s creation. Also noticeable is the well-knit influence of world-renowned music composers… but nowhere has the director let his contemporary ideas hamper the character of this unparallelled creation of Rabindranath Tagore.