Saving The Legacy Of Rajbanshi Community’s Rajdhari Palagan From Being Lost In History

Final Up to date: January 13, 2023, 14:31 IST

Rajdhari masks dance can have performers don character masks of Ravaan, Mahiraban, Bhibishan, Surpanakha, Trishula, Rakshasi, Bali, Sugriva, Angat, Hanuman, Goral Kali, Bagh, Dhaikuji, Buri, Beka Sepai, Barian Dhir and Jamuban

Rajdhari Pala, a competition shall be held in Mahish Mari space of North Bengal’s Darjeeling district

The folks of historical Rajbanshi neighborhood reside in several elements of North Bengal. They categorical their story and traditions by way of dance, songs and folklore. Their customs revolve round many rivers in North Bengal. Rajdhari Pala, a competition shall be held in Mahish Mari space of North Bengal’s Darjeeling district. The occasion shall be organized by West Bengal State Academy of Dance, Drama, Music and Visible Arts.

Chowrangi Thakur Rajdhari began this custom of singing in Warish Jot Basti of Kharibari in 1925. His rendition of the “pala” music was extremely popular among the many royals of Matigara, Siliguri, Bihar’s Thakurganj and Nepal. The royals of Kharibari Warish Jot Basti within the Terai area of North Bengal nonetheless sing this 100-year-old “pala”. One of many main points of interest of this era is ‘Rajadhari Masks Dance’ or ‘Lanka Tune’. In olden instances, Lanka music was sung all through the night time for seven consecutive days. Through the years, it has been decreased to 4 days.

At present, as a consequence of lack of correct coaching and funding, this historical dance is disappearing. On this context, to revive the tradition of this historical dynastic folks, the West Bengal State Academy of Dance, Drama, Music and Visible Arts organizes a 10-day coaching camp at Mahishmari in Darjeeling district in collaboration with the Purbanchal Sanskar Kendra, Ministry of Tradition, Authorities of India. Coaching shall be offered to create varied characters related to this. Rajdhari masks dance can have performers don character masks of Ravaan, Mahiraban, Bhibishan, Surpanakha, Trishula, Rakshasi, Bali, Sugriva, Angat, Hanuman, Goral Kali, Bagh, Dhaikuji, Buri, Beka Sepai, Barian Dhir and Jamuban.

Dr Haimanti Chatterjee, Secretary, West Bengal State Academy of Dance, Drama, Music and Visible Arts says, “The State Academy has been doing these items since 1955. There are numerous cultural supplies of various folks scattered throughout West Bengal. They’re being revived and introduced collectively and documented by way of print and digital media for the brand new era. State Academy is doing this conservation work for future generations. We hope that this cultural revival work and preservation will give future generations the chance to find the numerous unknown cultural treasures of West Bengal and future generations shall be keen on researching and exploring these invaluable cultural treasures.”

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