All-women Ankiya Bhaona
A view of the performance.

After a long gap of more than one-and-half-years after Covid19 pandemic, the culture-loving people enjoyed a unique cultural event at the auditorium of the district library where an all-women Ankiya Bhaona (drama) was staged on Saturday evening.

“Rukma Beerar Darpa Surna”, an Assamese transformation of the original drama “Rukmini Haran”, created by none other than Srimanta Sankardeva, was staged under the aegis of a newly-formed woman organization Samannay Mahila Samaj, Darrang.

The drama was staged under the direction of a Sivasagar-based cultural group called Shyam Kanu Natya Gosthi.

Altogether 21 women artistes, including Pinkimani Hazarika as Srikrishna, Niribili Deka as Rukma Beer, Priyam Barua as king Bhismak, Pinkumani Saharia as Narad, Bhabi Rani Nath as Sishupal and Mayurakshi Bhattacharya as Sutradhar, performed in the two-hour-long drama.

The drama was directed by Dipankar Bairagi who was assisted by Dipankar Saikia.

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Angshuman Mahanta (Bayan), Rupamnil Bora (Gayan), Parthajit Mahanta (co-Gayan) and Gautam Bora (flute) were in the music.

Kokil Dutta assisted the performers as the make-up artiste while Hari Hazarika was the dress designer.

The inaugural function was attended Mangaldai MP Dilip Saikia, former MLA Gurujyoti Das, cultural organizer Madhumita Sarma, leading Satriya artiste Rupsikha Saloi Choudhury, Bhanu Deka Saharia, dramatist and artiste Bipul Chaliha, actor Sapan Ghosh and several other prominent persons.

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The inaugural ceremony was anchored by radio artiste Pranjal Kr Sarma and Sewali Goswami Kalita, managing trustee of organizing body.

They explained the objectives of organizing the cultural event as their efforts to popularize the unique creation of the great Vaishnavite saint among the common women of our society and also giving a platform to explore the hidden cultural talent of the woman folk.

Mayukh Goswami

Mayukh Goswami is Northeast Now Correspondent in Mangaldai. He can be reached at: mayukh.mld@gmail.com