Women all over the world have always had to struggle for their independence and identity and it is only through their relentless efforts and self-preserving nature that women today have made a place for themselves in the society. The representation of women in Tagore’s works has also been radical in the development of the Indian society as he has always represented enlightened and educated women. Dancer and choreographer Rubena Chatterjee was much inspired from this thought and her maiden production Stree which was staged at ICCR paid tribute to these iconic women created by the Bard. The homage was paid by the women of substance of today’s time.
Rubena Chatterjee is a talented and trained Kathak dancer who has worked for multi-disciplinary arts projects both in India and also abroad. She recently performed in sync to the verses of Tagore’s Geetanjali in front of Nobel laureate Amartya Sen and Her Highness, Princess of Thailand.
Eminent actor Rituparna Sengupta, theatre exponent Usha Ganguly, elocutionist Bijoylaxmi Barman, film director Sudeshna Roy, media personality Chaitali Dasgupta, actor Tulika Basu were among the few women who came for this event.
The event Stree had been conceptualized by Sujoy Prasad Chatterjee. Stree consisted of five songs. Kishnakoli, Jodi tor dak shune keu na ase, Mor Hridoyo gopono are some of the songs which were performed at this event. Since Stree is a celebration of womanhood, poems like Raktakorobi, Pujarini Shadharon Meye also formed an integral part of this event. Singers Joyoti Chakraborty, Riddhi Bandopadhyay has lent their voices to the songs while dancer Rubena Chatterjee danced gracefully to the tunes.
The evening was indeed a fitting tribute to not all only the literary creations of the Bard but also to womanhood.