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Alokananda Roy has a very special place in the evolving heritage of the dance dramas of Rabindranath Tagore Over the years, she has enriched the heritage by juxtaposing pure classical dance forms with contemporary styles, by moulding the classical dance form to blend with the accompanying music or song, by converting classical Abhinaya to less stylistic and more realistic expression. She has introduced classical dance techniques into the dance drama genre, along with innovations in choreography, costume and make-up Beyond these conceptual contributions, her portrayal of the dramatis personae of this heritage such as Shyama, Chandalika, Chitrangada, have brought them alive in a unique and definitive way.

 

Alokananda Roy's vocation as a dancer is sustained by her deep religious conviction, her belief in mystic fulfillment finds expression in her devotion to Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. Her numerous programs dedicated to them, such as "Bande Mataram", choreographed and conceived by her, have a devotional and inspirational quality.

 

Her faith in humanity has drawn her to work with under privileged children and to create opportunities for them to express their latent artistic abilities. It is a cause in which she finds greatest fulfillments. She works closely with street children of the Pavement Club of the Calcutta Samaritans and will present them in a dance item at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. These children, trained by her, will be performers of honor before the President of India.

Beginning as a child, her association with the stage now spans four decades. Like the river after which she is named, she flows on, drawing people from all walks to experience and share the spirituality and discipline of Indian Dance.

   

 

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