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Loyola School alumnus to be felicitated at Buckingham Palace

Jamshedpur, Feb. 13: Padma Shri famous choreographer Astad Deboo and former student of Loyola School, Jamshedpur has been invited by Queen Elizabeth II to a reception at Buckingham Palace on February 27 where he will be recognised for his achievements.

The occasion marks the start of the UK-India Year of Culture.

Deboo, recipient of prestigious awards such as the Sangeet Natak Akademi award (1995) and the Padma Shri (2007) studied at Loyola School, Jamshedpur, and is the most famous Kathak and Kathakali dancer and a pioneer of modern dance from Jamshedpur.

Ronald D’costa’ a senior functionary of Loyola Alumni Association, said that it is matter of pride for the school. Deboo has been selected by British Council and he is few elite celebrities who have been invited for the event where he will be recognised.

Deboo has developed his own style which has been well appreciated. At the Jamshedpur Carnival in December, 2014 he presented ‘ Rhythm Divine II’ , a contemporary dance presentation embellished with traditional Manipuri ‘pung cholom’ (a dance form in which you continually play the ‘pung’).

Deboo who has always been captivated with Manipur’s rich heritage has been associated with Manipur for over 15 years. His tryst with Manipuri performing arts began with a fascination for the thong-ta martial art form, which he had incorporated into some of his earlier productions. ‘Rhythm Divine II’ is a choreographic presentation of the inner strife faced by Manipuris as a result of the political turbulence in those parts. The drummers make their living in Manipur with their art.

“He continues to be our inspiring example of a Jamshedpur ambassador to whichever part of the world he goes to. True to the spirit of our city, he has leveraged his skills to produce outstanding performances with mute children and street children. He also discovers regional talent and raises them to a height they never dreamed they could reach. Astad’s work has been seen in 72 countries,” noted D’costa.

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