A dance presentation by Dhriti Nartanalaya, Bangladesh

Choreography: Warda Rihab

Warda Rihab received her initial training in Manipuri dance from Sharmila Banerjee, Tamanna Rahman, and Belayet Hossain Khan at Chhayanaut, Dhaka. Later she underwent training under Kalavati Devi. She has also received special training in Manipuri dance from Shantibala Sinha and Darshana Jhaveri. She has learnt Pung percussion and the martial art Thang-ta from Ojha Thoiba Singh and Ojha Ranjeet. A graduate in Manipuri dance from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, Warda is the recipient of a gold medal at that institution.

She has performed frequently at dance festivals in India and Bangladesh, and has also performed in USA, Nepal, Germany, Bhutan and Kuwait. She has choreographed Tagore’s dance-dramas Kaal Mrigoya and Tasher Desh . She has worked with Sharmila Banerjee in Tagore’s dance-dramas Chandalika, Chitrangada, and Shyama, and with Bimbavati Devi in Kaal Mrigoya, Amitojjoti, and Matrika. She has been felicitated by Rabindra Bharati University, the Bangladesh Mohila Parishad, the Pashchim Banga Rajya Sangeet Academy, The Bangiya Sangeet Parishad, and Dhaka University. At present, Warda Rihab is working as a teacher of Manipuri dance at the Department of Drama, Dhaka University. She also teaches at Chhayanaut Sangeet Vidyatan and Indira Gandhi Cultural Center of Manipuri Dance in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Dhriti Nartanalaya: Established in 2009 by Warda Rihab with the aim of promoting classical dance forms and exploring the works of poets such as Nazrul and Tagore through these forms, Dhriti Nartanalaya has been regularly presenting performances and lecture-demonstrations.

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