A View of Indian Dance by Young Proponents
The Pragjyoti International Dance Festival is conceptualized to exhibit the wide range of Indian Dances together on one platform to sing in unison and also to celebrate the richness of Heritage in this part of the north-eastern region which has throughout the ages promoted art and culture from the vantage point of being crowned with diverse traditions of its own. The Pragjyoti Festival in its own way spreads the message of peace and social harmony and creates a dialogue among the artists hailing from various places breathed with their own regional flavours and the masses of Assam. With a celebration of these young energies representing Margi dance styles, the festival is also a humble tribute to all the masters of the Indian Dance Traditions who have been contributing immensely towards the panoramic beauty of Indian cultural heritage. Aimed at celebrating living art and creativity, the festival contributes towards integration and harmony through art. The Festival has received great accolades from the connoisseurs of Indian Arts all over and is regarded as one of the prestigious dance festivals of the country. (Outlook India, 2011). During the last five years dancers from different parts of India and abroad (Bangladesh, Nepal, UK, US, Ukraine, Poland, Russia, France) and from various parts of Assam have taken part in it. The festival over the years has tried to reach out to more and more young minds and art cognoscenti and discussed with them various perspectives regarding the relevance of Indian art in the present period. The Pragjyoti International Dance Festival: A View of Indian Dance by Young Proponents – is an attempt to undertake a holistic journey of aesthetic and spiritual joy in the land of Pragjyotishpur. The festival aspires to create a new milieu in which artists and the masses of Assam will re-experience and re-search the nuances of Assam, its land and heritage through the movements of dance.