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Past Performances

Card Country

In celebration of the 150th birth  anniversary of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, Nandanik Dance Troupe  presented “Card Country”, one of his most entertaining dance dramas  based on the play “Tasher Desh” on April 21, 2012.

A prince and  his friend find themselves on a strange island after they are  shipwrecked. The inhabitants of this land, various playing cards, have  strange manners: they follow a set of rules, are disciplined in a strict  system and are extremely cautious about maintaining their culture. The  lack of freedom of expression drives the prince to bring about changes  in the lives of the enslaved cards. Will he succeed?

William  Radice, who translated “Tasher Desh” from Bengali to English, describes  it as “Card Country upbraids those who live a blinkered existence and  urges the world to openly nurture a joyous, youthful and imaginative  life.”

This enchanting dance drama was presented in English as  translated by William Radice.  The song lyrics are in the original  Bengali language by Rabindranath Tagore. The music direction is by  Pramita Mullick. The dance drama is directed by Nandini Mandal,  and  choreographed by Nandini Mandal and Sanjib Bhattacharya. 

Raja - King of the Dark Chamber

 Nandanik Dance Troupe presented Raja -  King of the Dark Chamber on Saturday, April 19, 2008 at the Richard E.  Rauh Theater, Shady Side Academy, Pittsburgh, PA.

Raja - King of  the Dark Chamber is based on Rabindranath Tagore’s play Shapmochan (The  Redemption). Adapted from a story in the Buddhist mythology, Kush  Jataka, Tagore, has skillfully created an enchanting world of eternal  love, a story of passion and inner conflicts, of hopes and dreams, of  curses and redemptions, and of estrangements and unions.

The  music for Raja - King of the Dark Chamber was produced and recorded in  India under the direction of Rahul Chattopadhyay, famous for his  arrangements in several movies, concerts, and record industry. The songs  were directed by Pramita Mullick, an eminent Rabindra Sangeet Singer,  and Agnibho Bandopadhyay, a very popular Rabindra Sangeet artist from  Kolkata. A variety of traditional Indian instruments such as Sitar,  Sarod, Flute, Esraj, Tabla, Khol, Pakhawaj, Ghatam, Mridangam, and  guitar has enriched the musical score.

The dances in the drama  have been choreographed in Bharatanatyam and Manipuri (two of the  classical dance forms of India) and Chhau (a regional folk dance style)  by Nandini Mandal. 

Chitrangada - In Quest of Truth

Nandanik Dance Troupe presented   Rabindranath Tagore's "Chitrangada"-In Quest of Truth, a ballet on April  22, 2006 at Marshall Middle School, Wexford, PA, and again in excerpts  at the S.V. Temple, Monroeville PA in November 2011.

Composed in  the 1930s by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, Chitrangada is the  story of a warrior princess who falls in love with Arjuna, the gallant  prince of Mahabharata. Arjuna rejects her because of her valiant but  non-effeminate qualities. Chitrangada, who has been the epitome of  strength and valor all her life, is suddenly awakened to the reality  that a woman physical appeal and feminine charm may be more desirable to  even the greatest of heroes. In her quest for Arjuna's love, she seeks  the intervention of Madana (Cupid, the God of love), who transforms her  into a beautiful woman. Chitrangada overwhelms Arjuna with her newly  found charm.

But his mesmerized acceptance dampens her spirit as  he has chosen Maya, illusion and temptation, over heroism, sincerity,  and truth. Eventually, the hero in Arjuna awakens. A time comes when he  overcomes her superficial appeals and seeks redemption from it all. He  is touched by the noble princess Chitrangada who is both a mother and a  noble ruler of her citizens. Realizing that Truth has shattered the  realm of Maya, Chitrangada relinquishes her physical charm to reveal her  real self. Their union is marked by sublime glory, true love, and  mutual respect.
The music of Chitrangada was specially produced and  recorded for Nandanik, under the direction of the Late Shreemati Roma  Mondal, a renowned exponent of Rabindra Sangeet. A variety of  traditional Indian instruments, such as Sitar, Sarod, Flute, Esraj,  Tabla, Pakhawaj, Ghatam, Mridangam, etc., has enriched the musical  score. The dances have been choreographed in Bharatanatyam style by  Nandini Mandal.