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Good response to Chordhora Jhumura

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Nov 2 � The audience at the Rabindra Bhawan were treated to an inventive presentation of Chordhora Jhumura by members of Naimisha Borkhatper Sattra Council for Culture and Society last evening.

The child artistes led by Rengani Mahanta who excelled in the role of a young Krishna put up a brilliant performance, ably supported by Dr Mallika Kandali in her role as Yashoda.

Directed by Sattriya exponent and author Dr Nirupoma Mahanta, the drama successfully brought out the unique nuances of Jhumura, which was first introduced by Madhabdev, the most prominent disciple of the 15th-century saint and reformer Srimanta Sankardev. Madhabdev used Jhumura as an art form to great effect in preaching and popularizing the tenets of Vaishnavism among the masses.

The drama depicts through child Krishna�s filial love for mother Yashoda as also his endearing relationship with the gopis, the Lord�s acts of mischief that make him all the more adorable to the gopis. The idyllic pastoral life serving as the backdrop for the drama enhances its appeal.

The drama centres round child Krishna�s attempts to steal makhana (butter) in the houses of the gopis. Although caught red-handed, he refutes the charges and instead accuses the gopis of falsely implicating him. Outwitted by Krishna, the gopis come to a settlement with him by agreeing to give more makhana and in return Krishna would dance for them.

Meanwhile, a worried Yashoda breaks down after desperately searching for her son. She finally locates him amidst the gopis and her joy knows no bounds. With mild abuses she turns the gopis away and holds Krishna with a mother�s affection.

Dance and music being integral to the performance, the dance director and the music director, Ananda Muktiar and Rana Mahanta respectively, did a good job in ensuring that the drama scored on both the counts. Those playing the roles of the gopis and the gopabalaks did not disappoint either.

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Good response to Chordhora Jhumura

GUWAHATI, Nov 2 � The audience at the Rabindra Bhawan were treated to an inventive presentation of Chordhora Jhumura by members of Naimisha Borkhatper Sattra Council for Culture and Society last evening.

The child artistes led by Rengani Mahanta who excelled in the role of a young Krishna put up a brilliant performance, ably supported by Dr Mallika Kandali in her role as Yashoda.

Directed by Sattriya exponent and author Dr Nirupoma Mahanta, the drama successfully brought out the unique nuances of Jhumura, which was first introduced by Madhabdev, the most prominent disciple of the 15th-century saint and reformer Srimanta Sankardev. Madhabdev used Jhumura as an art form to great effect in preaching and popularizing the tenets of Vaishnavism among the masses.

The drama depicts through child Krishna�s filial love for mother Yashoda as also his endearing relationship with the gopis, the Lord�s acts of mischief that make him all the more adorable to the gopis. The idyllic pastoral life serving as the backdrop for the drama enhances its appeal.

The drama centres round child Krishna�s attempts to steal makhana (butter) in the houses of the gopis. Although caught red-handed, he refutes the charges and instead accuses the gopis of falsely implicating him. Outwitted by Krishna, the gopis come to a settlement with him by agreeing to give more makhana and in return Krishna would dance for them.

Meanwhile, a worried Yashoda breaks down after desperately searching for her son. She finally locates him amidst the gopis and her joy knows no bounds. With mild abuses she turns the gopis away and holds Krishna with a mother�s affection.

Dance and music being integral to the performance, the dance director and the music director, Ananda Muktiar and Rana Mahanta respectively, did a good job in ensuring that the drama scored on both the counts. Those playing the roles of the gopis and the gopabalaks did not disappoint either.