The classic Dhamail-Dance of Barak
SILCHAR, March 20: Barak Upatyaka Banga Sahitya and Sanskriti Sammelan organized a two-day workshop on dhamail, a Bengali folk dance, at the Children’s Park on Saturday in order to promote and popularize the genre among the youths. At the closing day of the workshop, the organization felicitated the three distinguished ladies, Binapani Nath of this town, Sunanda Debroy of Karimganj and Rekha Rani Dutta of Hailkandi for their valuable contributions in the field of dhamail dance. Dhamail is more often performed by the group of women especially on the marriage ceremony or in any festival. It is a unique form of dance in which women move in a circle by clapping their hands to the beat of the music and rhythm of dhol.
Former MLA Dipak Bhattacharjee who graced the closing ceremony as the chief guest said, “Dhamail is the best folk dance of the world. It is very hard to find the kind of feet-movement in any other dance form as it is in dhamail. It is all about synchronization and symmetry.” The eminent scholar and researcher of folklore, Prof Amalendu Bhattacharjee spoke about the significance of such workshop and said, “this kind of endeavour will help to bring out the very essence and meaning of the classic dhamail dance” and hoped that with the collective efforts of all lovers of culture and art “this will be kept alive”. Sushmita Dev, MLA said, “Dhamail is our culture and Banga Sahitya and Sanskriti Sammelan should organize such workshop every year.” She also said that the Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in his budget speech emphasized on the establishment of central library in Guwahati and Barak Upatyaka Banga Sahitya and Sanskriti Sammelan, she advised could approach Pranati Phukhan, cultural minister, for the availability of Bengali books in the upcoming library.
The convener of the organization, Pradip Acharjee, dwelt on various aspects of the workshop and said that it was their first attempt and “we are happy with the kind of response we received from the people of this valley.” In the workshop, the five-dhamail groups of Barak valley displayed different techniques regarding hand and foot movements, clapping skills and the rhythmic synchronization. About 60 students from primary to university level participated in the workshop. Source: The Sentinel