Chitrangada, a Dance Drama

For this week’s Thursday Challenge, I have a couple of pictures on ‘DANCE’.
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!

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30 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    Colorful and beautiful! I have long been an admirer of Tagore! Great captures for the day as always, Indrani!! Hope your week is going well!

  2. DeniseinVA says:

    It all looks wonderful Indrani, an interesting tale and I enjoyed the colorful clothing.

  3. Viola says:

    Beautiful colors! And I guess a beautiful dance, which is quite old in fact. Nice to take care of traditions.

  4. magiceye says:

    They seem very graceful… Beautifully captured!

  5. Nice capture and the story too.

  6. I didn't know about this story. I guess, it's time for me to study some more. These are vibrant pics. 🙂

  7. Great post & photos.

  8. Hari OM
    I adore the traditional dance and that last shot is fab!

    All hail Tagore… words ever new. YAM xx

  9. Nice fleshing out this dance because of a birthday.

  10. Bibi says:

    I really like Indian dancing. (And Tagore) A Kathak group is performing this summer here, but I'll miss it. I did see the same one, though, a couple of years ago.

  11. Interesting..The first shot is beautiful..!

  12. George says:

    I think I would enjoy seeing a performance of this dance drama.

  13. D. Prabhu says:

    Beautiful 🙂 I love to watch traditional dance.

  14. MarjaK says:

    Very nice, they look so graceful! I sure would like to see such a play some time.

  15. Jeevan says:

    Nice knowing about this dance drama! Beautiful photos on the play

  16. Carver says:

    Wonderful shots. You captured the movement and colorful costumes so well.

  17. I must visit pandals this year 🙂 This is so beautiful… I completely love dance performances!

  18. B says:

    its been so long since I have seen a dance performance. My sis use to perform Kathak when she was in college


  19. Mridula says:

    Now Arjun reached Manipur in that time and age, must have been a great wanderer! I somehow never heard of this story before.

  20. I have heard this story but remember only vaguely. I didn't like Arjun much in Mahabharata. My favorite was Krishna.

  21. Great…nice to know that It has been staged there …

  22. AmitAag says:

    Beautiful! Interesting…

  23. These are wonderful clicks, Indrani! I saw a Thai theatre group's performance of Chitrangada two years ago in my area…riveting.

  24. trying to understand the second photo- what's happening? he's falling down?

  25. Hi Shrinidhi, it is just a dance movement… he was gracefully bending backwards.

    Thank you so much for the comments friends.

  26. Pics are really good. Are the dancers from Manipur?

  27. The lady dancer isn't, but I am not sure to which state the male dancer belongs.

    Thank you friends for the compliments on the pics. 🙂

  28. Looks Divinely beautiful coupled with flurry of passion. Gurudev is a genius and his thinking was full of love, romance that find relevance today. How I wish more movies could showcase his work or be inspired:)

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