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MANJUSHREE CHAKI SARKAR

She was a dancer and a choreographer.She has invented the dance form called Navanritya. She was born as Mnajushree Chaki in Pabni which is now called Bangladesh.She suffered the trauma of Partition when her family had to relocate to Kolkata in the year 1947.She visited Presidency College from 1951 to 1953 and it became the turning point in her life.She realized that she wanted to dance and it fired her will to learn more .She got married in the year 1958 and spent some years in Africa where her daughter Ranjabati was born .She opened a dance school there.She got her doctorate in anthropology from Columbia University.She returned to Kolkata in 1979.It was then when her daughter Ranjabati Sarkar and her troupe didi a great deal of progress in dance styles.Her works include Tomari Matir Kanya which is a version of Tagore’s Chandalika,Aranya Amrita which is based on legends of the Kroucho Katha,Parama Prakriti and Bishnois.

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