Bratochari Naresh Banerjee Guftagoo 1

Meet Naresh Banerji

Naresh Banerjee, also known as Bratachari Nareshji has been a demonstrator of the folk dances ( Raibenshe, Dhali, kathi, jhumur etc). He gained popularity by teaching the “Raibenshe” dance, one of the major folk martial dances of Bengal. He started his career as the gallery assistant of the Gurusaday museum, a platform dedicated to showcase folk art and craft of Bengal, founded by Gurusaday Dutt ICS who was also the founder of the Bratachari movement in Bengal . Nareshji’s love for folk art inspired thousands across the border, as a result he conducted his workshops not only in the Bengal Bratachari Society but also in institutions, universities and governments in Bengal & Bangladesh. He is the honourable secretary of “education & cultural heritage” of Bengal bratachari society. He is currently working for the M.A department of folk dance of Bengal as a Guest Teacher of folk dance (Raibenshe, Dhali) at Viswa Bharati University. He acts as an advisor for the COLLEGE STREET PROJECT SIXTEEN, a cultural & welfare organization in Kolkata, West bengal. Due to his long lasting contribution, the government of India awarded him with the title of “GURU OF RAIBENSHE DANCE” under the ‘Guru shishya parampara’ scheme in 2003-2005. The purpose of this scheme was to fortify and stimulate the regional folk dances of India. He was invited as a lecturer to deliver a commemorative speech on ‘Kobi Abdul Gaffar Dutta Chaudhari Sarok boktrita 2008’ in 2009 for Sahajlal Science & technology, Sylhet Bangladesh. He was also part of the folk dances’ team of India in Russia in 1987

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