Dui Pakhi staged-Tagore dance festival
The beauty of freedom was glorified through a dance drama titled Dui Pakhi staged on the second of the three-day dance festival on Saturday at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Nritya O Nrityanatya Upa-Committee and the academy have jointly organised the programme, funded by the ministry of cultural affairs, as a continuation of the yearlong celebrations marking Rabindranath Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary.
Deepa Khandakar choreographed and directed the dance drama Dui Pakhi, which is an adaptation from Rabindranath Tagore’s poem having the same title.
Spontaneous dancing and poetic conversation presented by the artistes made the performance enjoyable to depict the theme of the popular Tagore poem which features two birds: one is a captive bird while the other one is a free that floats all the day in the open sky.
The clash of the attitudes of the birds begin when the captive bird calls the free bird and shows the richness of cage where it stays; the bird also warns the free bird about the risks of being killed by hunter, hunger and storms in wild life. In reply, the free bird only points out the enjoyment of flying in the limitlessly open sky.
Sky like blue background of the stage and use of peacock feathers in the costumes of the artistes created apparently a realistic ambience of the Tagore poem.