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Bhaona presented in English

Saturday, January 12, 2019
By Tariq Khan

Prajanmya Unmesh, a socio-cultural organisation from Assam, in association with the Department of Culture (Assam Government), presented a 15th century dance-drama, popularly known as 'Bhaona' in English, which is an entirely new initiative, at the Cidco Exhibition Center in Vashi on January 10.

The drama presents an extract from Ramayana. It starts with the kidnapping of Sita and ends with the killing of Ravana by Lord Rama.

“Bhaona is a creation of the polymath Srimanta Sankardeva (1449-1568 AD), who ushered in a new era of Vaishnavism in Assam and its peripheral areas. His ideas were inspired from the Indian theatrical institutions, giving birth to a new form of drama – a mix of pre-modern era puppetry, Oza Pali (a traditional form of folk dance) and techniques used in Sanskrit plays.

Prajanmya Unmesh had successfully performed another mediaeval drama in English in New Delhi on September 15, last year.

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