Improving the quality of music and dance in Bangladesh had been the initial concern on which Shadhona was formed. For the last two decades Shadhona has regularly provided opportunities for students of dance and music to participate in workshops, Master Classes and lecture-demonstrations in various genres of dance and music. Till date Shadhona has arranged workshops in dance by Leela Samson, Pt. Birju Maharaj, Madhavi Mudgal, Pandit Jayarama Rao and Banasri Rao. Besides the Sarengi Maestro, late Ustad Sagir Uddin Khan who conducted classes for Shadhona for almost 10 years, Shadhona has arranged Indian Classical Vocal training by Shubra Guha and Smt. Kalpana Bhattacharya. Lecture-Demonstrations arranged by Shadhona include Lec-Dem on Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Dhrupad songs etc.
Workshops conducted by us:
• Contemporary Dance and Western Contemporary Dance
• Classical Jazz Dance
• Aerial Dance
• Purulia Chau and Mayurbhanj Chau
• Dancer’s Guild Style of Manjushri Chaki Sarkar
• Training in Heisnam Kanhailal’s ‘Theatrical Body Practices’
• Workshop by Mamata Shankar on the Uday Shankar Style
• Workshop by Asharani Devi on Thangta, the Martial Art of Manipur.
MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING
Raja Pratapaditya of Jessore (17th century) is said to have had fifty-two thousand ‘dhali’ (shielded-warrior) under his patronage. The art they practiced was ‘Raibeshe’ or ‘Royal Bamboo’ based on the bamboo staff they used to wield. It was both a martial combat art and a dance-form for hours of leisure. Lately Shadhona has trained almost 150 dancers and theatre actors in the art of ‘Raibeshe’ and ‘Lathikhela’ two related martial arts of Bengal. This art-form includes narrative story-telling and acrobatics
• Expert on Bengal Martial Dance: Sri Tarun Prodhan from Mednipore, West Bengal, India
• Dates of Workshops:June, 2008, December, 2008, May 2010, at Dept of Theatre, University of Dhaka and August, 2009 at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
REDISCOVERING BANGLADESH’S LINKAGE WITH DANCE & TANTRIC PRACTICES
Shadhona has also arranged a workshop, demonstration and seminar on Charya Dance from Nepal, which is an esoteric tantric dance based on ‘Charyapada’, the earliest instance of written Bangla literature. This has great significance in Bangladesh, as we hope that our project to re-discover Bangladesh’s linkage with Mahayana tantric practices in the middle-ages, which includes the practice of dance, will give us clues to understand the experiential philosophy of Bauls and Fakirs.
• Expert on Charya Nrtya: Rajendra Shrestha of Kalamandapa, Kathmandu, Nepal
• Dates of workshop: October 12 – 17, 2010 at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
• 2nd Workshop, November 2013.