Chitrangada, a Dance Drama
These are scenes from dance drama of Arjun and Chitrangada’s story. Arjun, the 3rd Pandava prince, during their exile period reached Manipur, a state in eastern region of India. There he falls in love with the princess Chitrangada of the Manipur kingdom!
Rabindranath Tagore turned the story of Chitrāngadā into a dance drama in 1892. It is very much like a modern day musical with the story set to music and with the characters acting out the parts in dance. Tagore depicted Chitrangada as a brave warrior princess who rescues her kingdom from marauders. During Durga puja celebrations, one of the pandals here in Bangalore had put up this dance drama.
May 7th 2014 – Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s 154th birth anniversary!