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Folk Dance Performances from West Bengal
WHEN Mar 11–14, 2015
WHERE Various Places at Puducherry and Auroville

 ‘Biswabidhata—Little Krishna’ is a unique programme, the first of its kind in the world, where within the span of one hour some of the famous childhood stories of Lord Krishna are expressed through yoga, gymnastics and dance, with video projection and appropriate music adding a lot of fervour and splendour.

A team of 41 school students of rural West Bengal, experts at this dance, and their trainer performed this unique art form at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education (popularly known as Ashram School), at rural research centre SHARANAM for Satya School (the biggest school with holistic education and training for special children in Puducherry) students, Baby Sarah School (an orphanage), Sadhana Forest (an NGO) in Auroville, and finally for the rural students in SARVAM from March 11 to 14, 2015. 

‘Biswabidhata—Little Krishna’ is a production by a non-voluntary organization of West Bengal—Uchchal Probaho—which has 4 branches in rural Bengal. The group works for the children and women for their health, education and progress, following the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. The children came from extremely backward and economically deprived classes of society like Dhali and Bagdi. They visibly blossomed with all the appreciation they received after each performance. 

The script, direction and narration were given by Asish Sarkar, who heads the NGO that conducted the programme. He liberally used the teachings and words of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother to put across the message behind of each of the story enacted. Sri Aurobindo Society partnered with Uchchal Probaho to bring this unusual and magnificent dance form for the audiences in Puducherry.

 

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