KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) – A girl who practically grew up with Mother Teresa nuns made her debut Indian dance recital yesterday (17 April) in front of her Bharatnatyam gurus (masters), scores of Missionaries of Charity Sisters and well wishers at a performance held at G.D. Birla Sabhagar Auditorium Kolkata.
“It was in deed a dream come true for me… to do something beautiful for God,” said Dipika Das echoing the words of Blessed Mother Teresa her inspiration to pursue the spirituality of Bharatnattyam.
Speaking toUCAN Dipika said, “I stay with the Missionaries of Charity at Shanti Dan Tengra (Kolkata) for almost 20 years with my mother.”
Dipika’s mother died in 2010.
The plot of land at Tangra which the then Chief Minister of Bengal Sri Jyoti Basu donated to Mother Teresa to start a rehabilitation centre for women prisoners some 20 years ago, to day houses also the MC Brothers who take care of AIDS patients.
Dipika born at Bongaon, an Indo-Bangladesh border town in the North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.
Coming from a family of musicians, Dipika was introduced to Bharatnatyam and yoga by her parents. She had initial dance training under the guidance of local Bharatnatyam exponents of Chidambaram Nrittya mandir.
Dipika successfully completed Master’s degree in Fine Arts (Dance) from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata in 2007, with specialization in Bharatnattyam.
Dipika is presently a student of Nrityashree, Chennai, under the training and guidance of one of India’s outstanding senior guru and Padmabushan awardee Bharatnatyan exponent, Prof. C.V. Chandrasekhar along with Smt. Jaya Chandrasekhar and Smt. Manjari Chandrasekhar.
“Dipika is very positive, hardworking, ardent and persevering student of dancing. We can only bless and encourage her to come up in life’” said Smt. Jaya speaking on behalf of her husband who could not be present at the event due to recent eye ailment.
A disciple of Manjari, Dipika is grateful to Kolkata Jesuit Fr (Dr.) Saju George, Ms Nirmala Lawrence and Smt. Anjana Thakurata Banerjee other Bharatnattyam exponents.
Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity Sr Prema presented special mementoes to Dipika’s gurus and the four member music troupe from Chennai.