Teesside Bengali Institute Festival – Programme

Series nameTeesside Bengali Institute

This is a brief synopsis of Pushpalata Dance Company’s performance of Tagore’s dance-drama ‘Chitrangada’. The production was part of a millennium festival event which commemorated Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore’s birthday anniversary. ‘Chitrangada’, written in 1936, is a mythological episode from the Indian epic ‘Mahabharata’, which recounts a complicated love affair between, Arjuna, a warrior, and brother of the exiled Pandavas, and Chitrangada, the Princess of Manipur.

Date of Creation / Publication2000
CreatorTeesside Bengali Institute
Associated Person/ OrganisationPawar, Priya
Collection and Reference NumberPushpalata Dance Company (GB 2661 PD)
Catalogue NumberPD/TBI/3
Access to originalsThe originals belong to Priya Pawar.
Series notesIn June 2000, the Teesside Bengali Institute in Middlesbrough held a special Millennium festival which showcased Asian arts and culture and also commemorated Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore’s birthday. One of the events featured was Pushpalata Dance Company’s performance of Tagore’s dance-drama, Chitrangada. The digitised items include: an introductory message from the organiser of the event, a letter of support from Prime Minister Tony Blair and a synopsis of the dance performance Chitrangada.
Collection notesThe digitised materials from the Pushpalata Dance Company consist of documentation such as flyers and photographs of Priya Pawar’s performances such as ‘Chitrangada’, ‘Chandalika, The Outcaste’, Kathak-Odissi performances and various others. In addition, photographs and leaflets relating to her previous dance company, Triveni, her community, outreach and education work and biographical information are also included.