Dancers need to know both theory and practical thoroughly: Ratan Thiyam

Dancers need to know both theory and practical thoroughly: Ratan Thiyam

Written By: / Monday, 22 February 2021 17:48

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Imphal, Feb 22: 

The seven-day festival of Manipuri Solo Dance Festival “Okchari Yeningtha” which is organized by the Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy (JNMDA), Imphal was inaugurated yesterday at the auditorium of JNMDA, Imphal.

Founder Director Chorus Repertory Theatre, Shamushang Dr. Ratan Thiyam, Deputy Secretary Sangeet Natak Akademi , New Delhi, Raju Das, Retd. Senior Choreographer, JNMDA, SNA Awardee Th. Chaotombi Singh and Director (i/c), JNMDA P. Bilash Singh graced the  inaugural function as Chief Guest, Special Invitee, Guest of Honour and President respectively.

Addressing the occasion, Dr. Ratan Thiyam told that well known artiste used to practice 6-8 hours daily for 10-15 years but in our context, we use to practice more at the time of festival. For an artiste, there is no end until and unless he/she reached the top position. Instead of confining merely to our state, we need to see or watch the standard that what other dance forms have touched in different parts of the country so that young, promising dancers of Manipur can derive source of inspiration from them.

Meitei Jagoi remains still for long time due to lack of resources, so we need to step forward and uplift the same with JNMDA.  Students of dance are not equally treated as students of other fields and subjects. He advised them to focus only to what they are doing in any field as well as to know both theory and practice thoroughly.  

It may be mentioned that the Academy is organising such festival with the aim of encouraging and showcasing the talent of the upcoming stars and giving them the opportunity to display their individual talents. 34 young dancers from 24 different cultural institutions will participate  in the “Okchari Yeningtha Festival. The festival will continue till 28th of this month. 

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