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Poetry meets Dance: a Presentation of Indian Lyrics in Dance

The Indian Embassy in Berlin will be hosting an event which combines poetry and dance with the purpose of promoting inter-cultural dialogue

June 13th, 2017
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“Solange die kerze brennt” is an event organized by the Indian embassy in Berlin, which will take place on June 12, 2017 at 18.00. The evening event will focus on the presentation of the poem “Ghazals” by the Indian poet: Mirza Ghalib, and it will be interpreted both in words and in the form of Kathak. The traditional northern Indian dance will be choreographed by Surangama Dasgupta, a well-known performer who is notoriously famous for representing the most famous poems through the medium of dance shows. During recent years she has, indeed, transcribed masterpieces of Goethe, Heine and Schiller.

In order to have a better overview of Surangama’s talent, it is worth highlighting her brilliant career. She holds a distinguished dance masters degree as well as a diploma in psychology from the University of Calcutta. In addition to teaching in her own institution, Suchanda Sangitlaya has a management function of the Bengal Music College and she is an examiner for the Kathak diploma examination: Prayag Sangeet Samiti. She has previously lectured and studied in the United States, England and Canada, and has also been a guest lecturer at the Faculty of Theater Studies at the University of Giessen in 2005. Since then, she has been visiting Germany every year, teaching and performing with her German pupils.

Guru Surangama draws her special love for the dance style Kathak, and combines this love with her work at the Performing Art Therapy Center in Calcutta. She received the "Bharat Jyoti" Award (Light of India) and the "Best Citizen of India" Award for her special commitment to the mentally ill and the development of therapy concepts in connection with dance.


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