About

Souraja belongs to the illustrious Tagore Family of Calcutta. She was introduced to Bharatanatyam dance at the tender age of six by her mother Soumya Tagore. Under the further guidance and tutelage of her Guru, Shri Abhoy Pal, Souraja has perfected her art through rigorous training and is now an accomplished performer. Souraja went on to become a recipient of the National Scholarship awarded by the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (Government of India) for more than nine consecutive years. At present Souraja continues to learn and perform as well as impart training to a future generation of Bharatnatyam dancers. Additionally she is pursuing her PhD in English, while utilizing her extra time in teaching college students (English Literature) and also conducting dance appreciation classes for postgraduate students at Rabindra Bharati University. She is also an external examiner for Calcutta University and Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.

Recognition

Souraja is a graded artist of Doordarshan, Kolkata.

Souraja secured the first position in the competition organized by the West Bengal State Music Academy.

She is a Gold Medalist at the All Bengal Music Conference (2005).

She was awarded National Scholarship by the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT), New Delhi since 1995.

Souraja is an empanelled artiste of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi, the Eastern Zonal Cultural Center (Kolkata) and Sangeet Natak Akademi (New Delhi).

Souraja was awarded the ‘Best Upcoming Dancer’ by the Folk and Entertainment Section, Government of West Bengal (Lokranjan Sakha) in the year 2009.

Souraja was awarded the “Vivekananda Yuva Shakti Leadership Excellency Award” for the year 2010.

She was awarded the Gold Medal for the most outstanding performance at the All Bengal Music Conference 2013.

Dance Performances

milan o souraja_149cc
Photo Courtesy @
Photo Courtesy @

PERFORMANCES

INDIA

West Bengal

  • All Bengal Music Conference

  • Uday Shankar Dance Festival

  • Ritu Laya Mala – A presentation with the six classical dance forms of India, depicting the seasons.

  • Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre

  • Doverlane Dance Festival

  • Kalamandalam Dance Festival

  • Festival organised by the West Bengal Dance Group Federation

  • Geeta Govinda, Festival organized by Utkala

  • Behrampore Dance Festival

  • Played Kurupa and Surupa in Tagore’s celebrated dance drama, Chitrangada organized by ‘Daakghar’ in collaboration with Monoj Murali Nair.

New Delhi

  • In January, 2015 Souraja collaborated with the dancers from the Opera of Paris and performed for the Sriram Centre for Art and Culture in their annual festival Connections. She performed Bharatnatyam for the production Heaven and Earth, an exploration of desire and passion through the world of Tango, Bharatnatyam, European classical dance and music, Indian classical music and Electronic music. Artistic direction by Rukmini Chatterjee and Bruno Bouche.

  • Dance Festival organised by the Sangeet Natak Academi

  • Festival organised by the India International Centre

  • Sadhana – A Dance Festival organised by Kalashram, an organization of Pt. Birju Maharaj

Uttar Pradesh

  • Ganga Mahotsav, Varanasi

  • Mahamrityunjaya Festival, Varanasi

  • Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi

Andhra Pradesh

  • A festival organized by Vishakha Music and Dance Academy, Vishakhapatnam

  • Performed for ICCR Hyderabad, 2016

Tamil Nadu

  • Mamallapuram Dance Festival

Goa

  • Serendipity Arts Festival 2017

FRANCE

In 2008, Souraja was invited to perform in France, which included performances at:

  • Maison des métallos (Paris),

  • Théâtre Paul Eluardle ,

  • Prisne (Saint-Quentin en Yvelines),

  • Le Carré (Château-Gontier),

  • Centre culturel Aragon (Orly),

  • Théâtre du Nickel (Rambouillet),

  • Centre culturel Boris Vian (Les Ulis),

  • Le Centre Culturel des Portes de l’Essonne (Athis-Mons).

The performances in France received great admiration from a cosmopolitan audience and also received extremely encouraging media appreciation.

GERMANY

In 2009, Souraja was invited to perform in Germany under the aegis of Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR), the D.I.G (Deutsch-Indische Gesellschaft) and The Tagore Society Berlin. She performed in cities such as Aachen, Wuppertal, Kassel, Munster, Heidelberg, Nurnberg, Freiburg and Karlsruhe.

NORWAY

Souraja collaborated with Rukmini Chatterjee for her production Rencontre/Meetings, a coming together of Bharatanatyam, Kathak, European ballet, North/South Indian classical music and European classical music.

It is a dialogue between great artistic traditions of two cultures: European and Indian.

This performance has since travelled to Norway at the Norwegian Opera, Oslo, India and Italy in 2009 and 2010 and continues to tour.

CHINA

In 2017-2018 Souraja performed for Shiv-Yin, a production where Chinese Contemporary Dance met Indian Classical Dance. It explored the concept of the male and female through two distinct cultures. The production toured China and was organized by the Sriram Centre, New Delhi and the Beijing Dance Academy. The music for Shiv-Yin was by Bickram Ghosh and artistic direction by Rukmini Chatterjee and Teng Aimin.

PRODUCTIONS

Souraja showcased her first production, The Infinite in the Finite at the Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre on August, 2011 on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.

This production consists of an amalgamation of various Tagore compositions set in the backdrop of his essays that highlight the theme of his ‘search for the soul’ or the never ending consciousness in the universe. Its focus is to create awareness among all men and assist them to shed off their differences and respond to the common call for humanity. Man will continue to dwell in the prison house of logic, reason, jealousy, hatred, deceit, greed and other such evils as long as he allows himself to be dominated by his ego and be misguided by social, political and communal bindings. Somewhere, his soul will continue to dwell in a state of lethargy and slumber. He will remain ignorant of the true happiness unless he is able to make a serious effort to rise above the petty shackles and be exposed to true freedom.

The production Infinite in the Finite celebrates that freedom which is unexplainable, holy, unaccountable and pure.

FEATURED

Souraja recently was featured in a BBC documentary on Kolkata, produced by Victoria Hinners of Indus Films, also featuring Sue Perkins.

Presentations & Publications

Papers presented by Souraja Tagore

A Contemporary Reflection on Rabindranath Tagore and the Aesthetics of Dance

Presented at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata in a Three Day seminar on Dance and Aesthetics jointly organised by Kalahrdaya and St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata on 23 November 2014

Imagined Spaces and the Politics of Deception: A Comparative Study of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Tagore’s Tasher Desh.

Presented at the ‘7th Biennial World Shakespeare Conference on Shakespeare Across Cultures’ jointly organised by the Department of English, Benaras Hindu University and Shakespeare Society of Eastern India, Kolkata from 3-5 December 2012.

Performing Shakespeare Through Kathak: Pandit Birju Maharaj and Saswati Sen’s Adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.

Presented at the seminar titled ‘National Conference on Shakespeare and other Masters: Translation, Adaptation, Performance- Comparative Theory and Praxis’ organised by the Shakespeare Society of India, Kolkata on March 30, 2013.

Realizing Gurudev: A revisiting of Tagore’s essays in Sadhana with language and dance, the dual modes of communication.

Presented at the seminar titled ‘International Conference on Literature, Language and Communication: An Essential Trident’ organised by Amity University,Lucknow on 9-10 December 2013.

Tagore’s Nationalism: An assessment of Tagore’s translated essay with ‘Tagore dance’ through a modern perspective.

Presented at the National Education Summit 2014 ‘Towards Educating Young India’ organised by the Education Department, Government of Gujarat at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, jointly organised by Knowledge Consortium of Gujarat and various universities of Gujarat on 10-11 January 2014.

On Reading Rabindranath Tagore’s Translation of The Crescent Moon

Presented at the seminar titled ‘International Conference on Translation Studies: Theory and Praxis and Comparative Literature’ organised by the Shakespeare Society of Eastern India and Tagore Gandhi Institute for Cultural Studies and Service Learning , Kolkata from 18th-20th April 2014.

Credited Publications

Imagined Spaces and the Politics of Deception:

A Comparative Study of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Tagore’s Tasher Desh in Theatre International: East-West Perspectives on Theatre, Vol.6, Amitava Roy, R.N.Rai, Subir Dhar, Tapu Biswas eds. ISSN NO: 2278-2036 TI

Performing Shakespeare Through Kathak;  Pandit Birju Maharaj and Saswati Sen’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet

in GJECS – Literary Confluence- A Global Journal of English and Cultural Studies. Monsoon Issue  Vol 1, July-December 2014. Edited by Dr. Ratan Bhattacharjee. Published by Authors Press. ISSN 2349-6509

On Reading Rabindranath Tagore’s Translation of The Crescent Moon

in Internationals Journal of Culture Studies and Social Sciences. Vol 1, No IV. Edited by Amitava Roy, Subir Dhar, Bryan Reynolds, Antony Johae and Tapu Biswas. Published by Avantgarde Press. ISSN 2347-4777

Revisiting Rabindranath Tagore’s Nationalism: An assessment of Tagore’s translated essays through a modern perspective

In International Journal of English Literature and Language Studies (IJELLS). Vol 4, Issue 1, April 2015. ISSN 2278-0742. 

http://www.ijells.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/April-2015.pdf

A Dancer’s Reflection on Rabindranath Tagore and the Freedom of Dance

In International Journal Of Cultural Studies and Social Science, Vol-IV, No-VII. , Amitava Roy Antony Johae, Ronan Paterson, Bryan Reynolds, Subir Dhar eds. ISSN NO: 2347-4777

Nataraj – A Symbol of Harmony and Beauty

In Nature in Colloquium, Volume 2. Dr. Suchandra Chakravarty, Prof. Ananya Banerjee

Souraja is the Co- editor of the journal ‘Literary Confluence: A Global Journal of English and Cultural Studies’ (GJECS). ISSN: 2349- 6509

Tracing the Mother-Child relationship in Tagore’s The Crescent Moon in International Journal of Cultural Studies and Social Science, (UGC approved Multi-Disciplinary Peer Reviewed Journal Sl.No. 49228) Vol-VI, No-IX. Amitava Roy, Ronan Paterson, Antony Johae, Subir Dhar eds.

Video Gallery

Contact Souraja

Souraja Tagore

e-mail: souraja.tagore@gmail.com

 

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Subject

Your Message