The Jhumura Performers

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  • Prakash C Barua on 2013-Jun-04 15:21:50 Prakash C Barua said

    This item , "Chordhara Jhumura", the One act dance drama , a significant gift to the Assamese culture from the Sankardeva era, was the most absorbing item of the evening. This is based on the feedback I collected from a cross section of the crowd in Chowdiah Memorial Hall, which was filled to its capacity of 1000 seats at that time. It is difficult to keep engaged a crowd of this size for a duration of 75 minutes plus, but this crowd, Assamese and non-Assamese got hooked onto it. The dance performance, choreography, the instruments, the music, rendering of the Borgeet, the direction; everything was simply superb. To many, including to most Assamese present in the Hall, it was a first-of-the-kind experience. Normally one would see politicians come to such a function for few minutes, receive their accolades and then troop out. But our guest of honour Sri Veerappa Moily, Union Minister and a former Chief Minister, sat through the whole performance. When I had an opportunity to ask him his opinion, he said it was simply wonderful and he appeared to me genuinely appreciative. He volunteered to walk to the stage, expressed words of appreciation and agreed to be a part of a group photograph with members of the troupe. He enquired me what could we do to present such beauties to the culturally sensitised Kannadigas. I said this is the beginning of an initiative and definitely we will take it forward . I thank Mrs Nirupama Mahanta to give us an opportunity to be proud to be an Assamese.

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