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Celebrating culture through music and dance

Ballad Fusion of Nagalnad performing at Octave 2008 at Patna.
Published on 8 Dec. 2008 2:19 AM IST
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Choral music, classical and ballet dance marked the fourth day of Octave 2008 held at Patna on Sunday. Highlights of the fourth day show included Choral Groups from Nagaland, Mizoram and Meghalaya. Choral songs and music conveyed the message of love and harmony beautifully interwoven with unique tradition, culture and beliefs of Northeastern States and its peoples. The Choral music carried the message of solidarity and love for each other in the eyes of one God. The Ballad Fusion representing Nagaland comprised of highly accomplished singers and musicians who had undergone formal training in western classical as well as traditional Naga folk music. The Mizo Minstrels Choir from Mizoram established in 2007 to promote Choral Music comprised of various members from different localities of Aizawl. The Choir presented gospel songs as well as songs of integration and patriotism. The Shillong Chamber Choir was formed in 2001 by Neil Nongkynrih to promote music has traveled extensively in India and abroad with his Choir Presentation of famous classical dance in the region Sattriya dance, Assam choreographed and directed by Guru Naren Baruah was performed by Guru Naren Baruah, Purabi Deka, Dimi Medhi, Bristlekha Mahanta, Preetilekha Datta Choudhary, Tanmona Choudhary and Dr. Mallika Kandali, accompanied by Champak Choudhary on Khol, Bhupen Nath - Vocal, Prasanna Baruah - flute and Giren Kalita – Cymbals enthralled the audience. Rasleela, a dance drama created in the line of Classical tradition of Manipuri choreographed by W. Lokendrajit Singh was performed by Performing Artistes Centre, Khurai, Imphal, Manipur. The Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy, Imphal presented “Keibul Lamjao” a legendary Manipuri Ballet & Dance Drama on Sangai. “Sangai” (Dancing Deer of Manipur) a celluloid version of the dance – drama, had won five merit awards at the 12th International Wild Life Film Festival held in Missoula (Montana, USA 1989). The Production Unit had 29 dance dramas to its credit. Octave 2008 - Choral music was organized by the North East Zone Cultural Centre, Dimapur in Patna

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