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Rekha Talukdar, the Ambassador of Manipuri dance, performs in Prerana Cultural Night, Ghty

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By Pratibha Sinha, Guwahati, Assam

Rekha Talukdar

Rekha Talukdar, a disciple of Guru Bipin Singh, performed Manipuri dance in a cultural programme called “Prerana Cultural Night-2009” at Rabindra Bhawan, Guwahati on July 25, 2009. The event was organized by Prerana, Manipuri Kala Kendra, East Maligaon, Guwahati.

The programme had songs in Braja boli and Meitei Manipuri, and drama in Assamese; it earned heart-warming appreciation from the enthusiastic audience.

Rekha Talukdar, a resident of Maligaon, Guwahati, with her creative dance and composition has created a niche for herself in Manipuri dance. She confides having devoted herself to the spreading of Manipuri Dance.

An MA in Fine Arts (Manipuri Dance) with Gold Medal (1st Class), she received her Junior Fellowship Award in 2003 from the Department of Culture, Govt. of India, New Delhi on the subject “Importance of Bhakti Rasa in Gauriya Vaishnavisam and it’s influence on Manipuri Dance”.

She took her training in Manipuri Dance from Guru Mahendra Singh, Guru Mani Sena Singh and Deben Boro. While pursuing MA in Fine Arts (Manipuri Dance) at Kolkata, she said, “She had an extensive training of Manipuri Dance from Guru Bipin Singh of Manipuri Nartanalaya.” Reminiscing her golden moments that she had spent with Guru Bipin Singh, she said, “A person like him who is a dancer, a choreographer, a scholar and a teacher, it is rare. And I feel great being his student”

In Manipuri Nartanalya, she also got training from Guru Darshana Jhaveri, Guru Kalabati Devi and other gurus. She had given her Manipuri Dance Performance in almost every prime cities of India in the various dance festivals organized by the Manipuri Nartanalya, the Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, EZCC and NZCC etc. She also has performed in the Asia Festival in Finland and Estonia in 1999 which was organized by Impresio, India.

The talented artist, who loves to prepare her Manipuri costumes before any performance, has earned number of awards and achievements in her dancing career. She concludes beyond the praise and recognition that she receives while performing the Manipuri dance all over the world; it is her feeling of being the ambassador of the great dance form that relishes her very much.

The Assam Tribune :

The function held on the occasion was inaugurated by Sabin Rajkhowa, newly elected secretary of the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra. While addressing the gathering, he said that he wishes to make Kalakshetra a prestigious institute of national level. He also assured to patronise dedicated and devoted artistes. The three gurus were felicitated by Rekha Talukdar, a prominent Manipuri dancer, who also started the programme with a Guru Vandana. The students of Manipuri Kalakendra presented a variety of dances.


  1. First of all I would like to give full credit to Pratibha Sinha for bringing such a nice article,
    concerning Manipuri Dance,which is of my favourite one.I have been associated with it from the beginning of sixties,when I was introduced to Guru Bipin Sinha by his youngest brother Sri Rabindra at Bombay.He was like my elder brother and whenever there was program,I used to get passes.
    Even now Padmashri Darshanaben sends passes for my family,whenever
    there are programs. Regret to inform here that there is not a single family member associated with it here in Mumbai,once upon a time it was the hub of Manipuri Dance.


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