State to celebrate 150th birth anniversary of Tagore
Gangtok, May 10, 2012:
Dance maestro Padmashree Astad Deboo will be performing dance recital on May 17 on the ‘Interpretation of Tagore and his works’ at Defense Auditorium commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The event has been organized by the Cultural Affairs and Heritage Department, Government of Sikkim.
The Governor of Sikkim Balmiki Prasad Singh will be present as the chief guest of the day along with the Chief Minister Pawan Chamling as the guest of honor said, Commissioner –Cum Secretary of the Culture Department, Nalini G. Pradhan. She added that the event is also the part of the State Day celebration.
Pradhan also placed an introduction of Astad Deboo who has been described as a pioneer of modern dance in India. He has extensive training and knowledge in Kathak and Kathakali styles. He is the recipient of Sangeet Natak Akdemi Award in 1996 and Padmashree in 2007- honours given by the Government of India in recognition for his contribution in contemporary dance. Deboo has been described by many as a “Father of Modern Dance in India.”
The Secretary also highlighted Deboo’s impressive career which include the command performances for the royal families of Japan and Thailand, performed with Pink Floyd at the Chelsea Town Hall in London, choreographed and performed a site specific work at the Great Wall of China, was commissioned by Pierre Cardin to create a dance for the legendary Maya Plissetskaya – prima ballerina of the Bolshoi ballat company, was also invited to perform at the Washington DC, USA. He was also filmed by Channel Four of London for his innovative works. For many years, Shri Astad Deboo has been working with deaf children in India, USA, Mexico and Hong Kong. He has collaborated with Indian martial arts practioners, puppeteers, actors and musicians, creating distinct and innovative works across many genres.
During the conference Pradhan also highlighted the programs and activities of the Department towards promotion of art and culture of all ethnic communities of Sikkim and its conservation. She also informed about the ongoing projects and activities coordinating with the Tourism department for promotion of pilgrimage tourism. The department is providing various schemes to the people of Sikkim like Appreciation Pension, Samajic Sewa Bhatta, Traditional Houses, Community centers and public library.