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It was the coming together of like-minded persons with one basic objective in mind – the furtherment and propagation of traditional Indian values through Indian music and dance. The idea germinated into the formation of ‘South Jodhpur Park Academy’ (SJPA) in the year 2003 and later formally registered under Societies Act. "RIG-Chhandam" is our cultural wing. The Academy members felt highly honoured to have renowned Rabindrasangeet exponent, Shrimati Srabani Sen as its President, with the expectation that under her able guidance, we would be able to make progress in the right direction, so that we could fulfill our designated objectives and aspirations.

Classes were started at 70B Jodhpur Park, Kolkata- 700 068, Rabindrasangeet classes being supervised by Shrimati Srabani Sen. The Dance Section was being looked after by Mrs. Subhra Mandal, disciple of Kathak legend Birju Maharaj as well as of Shrimati Amala Shankar, the doyen of the Uday Shankar ‘Creative’ style of dance.

Some words about Kathak, one of the foremost classical dance styles of India: Kathak is a classical dance style of northern India. Kathak derives its name from the word Katha, which means the art of story-telling. The Kathak dancer was originally a story-teller, conveying the ancient stories and legends of Hindu mythology in the temples of the Braj region.
With the coming of the Moghul emperors and the influence of Islamic culture, the content and presentation of Kathak dance changed and developed, being introduced as a form of entertainment in the courts and evolving into a pure dance form.
Kathak is characterised by fast spins, by finely detailed movements and by intricate footwork, which is enhanced by the sound of more then 100 ankle bells. Passages of dramatic interpretation based on themes from Persian and Urdu poetry exist alongside the dances of Hindu mythology.

An introduction to the Udayshankar Creative style of dance: Uday Shankar the pioneer of contemporary dance in India, and a world renowned choreographer and dancer, was most known for adapting Western theatrical techniques to traditional dance styles of India, imbued with elements of Indian classical, folk, and tribal dance, thus laying the roots of modern Indian dance, which he later popularized in India, Europe, and the United States in 1920s and 1930s and effectively placed this emerging dance form of that time, on the world map.



RigChhandam is presenting its 17th annual school production, featuring over 100 students at GD Birla Sabhagar on Saturday, 20 April from 6pm onwards. The program includes 'Alochhayar Sure' (a bouquet of songs by Rabindranath Tagore, directed by Srabani Sen), 'Prayash' (a presentation of dances directed by Subhra Mandal), and 'Samanno Khoti' (the school's newest dance drama based on Tagore's poem, directed and conceptualized by Subhra Mandal). 

our trainers / facultiesRabindrasangeet, Dance

Shrimati Srabani Sen


Shrimati Srabani Sen. Daughter of illustrious Rabindrasangeet exponent, Shrimati Sumitra Sen and sister of renowned singer Indrani Sen, Srabani Sen has carved out a special place for herself in the world of Rabindrasangeet.

Mrs. Subhra Mandal

Kathak, Creative (Uday Shankar style) & Fusion Dance

Shrimati Subhra Mandal, student of Birju Maharaj & Amala Shankar.Talim from Tabla Maestro Pandit Kumar Bose and Pandit Jayanta Bose. Former faculty of Uday Shankar India Culture Centre run by Shrimati Amala Shankar, and also of Udayan run by Mamata Shankar, Performed in Indian Cultural program at 7th Asian Games at Tehran. Toured extensively in Europe and Russia. Performed at Satya Sai Baba’s 80th Birthday celebration at Purtapurthy. Her repertoire includes the highly-acclaimed ‘Thali-Kathak’.

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