British Museum invites Assam dancer to talk about Assamese culture

British Museum invites Assam dancer to talk about Assamese culture

GUWAHATI: Sattriya exponent Menaka PP Bora has been invited by the British Museum to deliver a lecture on Assamese culture and render a series of dance recitals based on traditional motifs imprinted on the famed Vrindavani Vastra in March.

Bora is the first Assamese artist to be invited by the British Museum to promote Assamese culture.

“I want to make Assamese culture accessible to the world. It must reach every nook and cranny. This is the first step,” the danseuse said.

Vrindavani Vastra is a textile woven by skilled weavers under the supervision of 16th-century saint and social reformer Srimanta Sankaradeva. The exquisite tapestry has been in possession of the British Museum since the early 20th century. The motifs and designs depict the childhood of Krishna and heroic deeds of Vishnu.

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Bora will also perform at the Weston Library of Oxford University on March 26. Her performance will be based on both classical and experimental dance.

Her activities both at Oxford and the British Museum scheduled to be held on March 7 and March 18 will be based on the promotional venture for Assamese Arts as a Global Brand for International Audiences and Museum Goers.

Her lecture at British Museum titled Mudra, Manuscript and Music: Re-creating the rare artistic legacies of Assam, will be delivered along with iconic British actor, presenter and writer Michael Palin. She will also be screening her ethnographic film titled Sattriya Dance and Music at the British Museum.

(Via TOI)


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