Silchar: The iconic legendary master of Manipuri dance, Guru Bipin Singh, needs no introduction. His contributions towards this dance form are beyond imagination. Even a seminal tome on his chequered life will not be enough. In a bid to pay homage to this great man, Manipuri Dance Visions, an Institute of Manipuri dance, beautifully presented ‘dance homage’ to commemorate and celebrate his birth centenary in North America recently in Studio One, Barnard College, Columbia University.
The event, co-sponsored by Prof Uttara Asha Coorlawala of the dance department, Barnard College, Columbia University, saw the presence of a large audience. Three generations of Guru Bipin Singh’s disciples came together to perform and paid their rich tributes to this Manipuri dance icon who became a legend in his life time. Sohini Ray, Sanjib Bhattacharya, Jagannath Lairenjam, the direct disciples of Guru Bipin Singh, Krishnakali Dasgupta performed in the event.
Guru Darshana Jhaveri’s DVD on Bhangi Parengs was released ceremonially. Several luminaries of the New York dance world like Rajika Puri, Jonathan Hollander, Uttara Asha Coorlawala and Parijat Desai graced the occasion as guests of honour. Members of the local Manipuri community extended their helping hands. Dipu Singha has been credited for the sets. Jasmine Rashid served as the master of ceremony. Several letters of blessings from Darshana Jhaveri, Kalavati Devi, Dr Sunil Kothari, Laily Basu and Christel Stevens blessed the function.
The dance programme showcased Radharoopvarnan by Krishnakali Dasgupta, Sakshat Darshan by Sohini Ray, Krira Prabandha by Sanjib Bhattacharya, Pung Cholom by Jagannath Lairenjam, Mridang Vadan by Sohini, Sanjib and Krishnakali on Pung and Jagannath on Kartal, and also a dance group number with Manjira by students of Annie Ferdous.