Prabir Datta [Kuchipudi Exponent]
Prabir Datta's interest in dance and music began at an early age. His innate talent and flair for these arts found full expression under the guidance of several eminent Gurus. He began learning dance from Late Shri Achyuta Narayan, disciple of Late Shri Uday Shankar. He has also studied "Kathakali" for three years from Guru Govindan Kutty and "Manipuri" from Guru Nadia Singh at Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta. "Chhau" Dance was taught to him by Guru Krishna Chandra Naik of Mayurbhanj (Orissa).
This background led him to work with various establishments such as Uday Shankar School of Dance (Kolkata), Little Ballet Troupe (Gwalior),Shri Ram Bhartiya Kala Kendra (Delhi) thus gaining exposure and the experience of working with leading Choreographers of India. Thus he developed a penchant for exploring choreographic possibilities in traditional dance-idioms.
Consequently, he was drawn to the dramatic and lyrical aspects of Kuchipudi style when he worked in Ms. Swapnasundari's dance drama Om Shakti, in the early '80s.
Thereafter, he diligently applied himself to the study of "Kuchipudi" from Ms.Swapnasundari. Since then, he has devoted himself exclusively to this style., emerging as one of its most sincere and experienced exponents.
For the past two decades, he has been associated with Swapnasundari's Kuchipudi Dance Centre as performer, instructor, and choreographer. Here, he choreographed a ballet based on "Ritusamharam" of Kalidasa which was staged in "Kalidas Samaroha" at Ujjain. He has also choreographed "Sahas Ka Darpan" a ballet on bravery , which has been staged in different parts of India.
Prabir 's conceptualization of "Ekta"- a dance - adaptation of Pt.Jawaharlal Nehru's "Discovery of India" was selected by Nehru Centre, Bombay for an All India Choreography Festival celebrating 50 years of India's Independence.
As a leading artist of Kuchipudi Dance Centre, Prabir Datta has danced all over the country, presenting Kuchipudi and also playing lead-roles in KDC's ballets in several prestigious festivals such as "Ganga Mahotsav" (Badrinath , Varanasi and Haridwar.); "Khajuraho Dance Festival ; "Kuchipudi Mahotsav" ( Kolkata and Mumbai);" Konark Festival" (Orissa); "Nishagandhi Festival" ( Kerala) ; "Yakshagana Festival and Siddhendra Jayanti (Kuchipudi Village) ; "Taj Mahotsav" (Agra ) etc
In 1988, during the Festival of India he accompanied Ms.Swapnasundari to the U.S.S.R and most recently , on a two-month tour of the U.S.A and Canada and Middle East Asia.
Prabir completed a research project titled "Role of male actor-dancers in the Kuchipudi and Devadasi traditions of Andhra Pradesh" through a Junior Fellowship awarded to him by the Dept.of Culture, Govt. of India during 1996-98. He has just completed a Senior Fellowship from the same Department for the project "14th Century Bengali poet Chandidas and Kuchipudi Dance" which he completed over the years 2000-2002. His future plans include preparing a documentary film on "Tribal / Folk and Martial Traditions of Bengal".
Prabir presently works as an Hony Dance Instructor and Troupe-In-Charge at Kuchipudi Dance Centre, Delhi. He also heads the Music and Dance Faculty of Delhi Public School, Noida.
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