Tuesday, 5 February 2013

I love to dance!

Sattriya is a classical dance art-form of India. It is a living art tradition. The Sattriya dance is performed by the bhokots in Sattras for ritualistic purposes inside the namghar. It exists as a beautiful vaishnav combination of religion and art in the Sattras. However, when it comes on stage presented by women or male performing artists. The dance is a pure performance spectacle with the element of bhakti rasa presented like any other classical dance art-forms of the country.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

27 March 2011- The first time the capital witnesses a Sattriya Nritya Ranga Pravesha (debut) presented by adhyapak Bhabananda Barbayan (bhokot teacher).

My training at Uttar Kamalabari Sattra, Majuli island.

How Sattriya-Nritya came into being as a dance art form?

Sattriya dance has evolved into an independent art form and has established itself as a classical style in the Indian panorama of classical dances and has its origin as an integral part of the Ankia Bhaona ( a form vaishnava drama tradition written and enacted by Srimanta Sankaradeva and Madhavdeva the chief apostle of Sankardeva, great Vaishnavite saint of Assam in 15th Century. Madhavdeva presented the dance items on stage separated from the main drama and nurtured them as independent art forms.

Kamalabari sattra have kept up the dance tradition whereas, the other sattras did not give so much importance to dance but, concentrated mostly on Bargeet and so dance remained as a part of Ankia Bhaona only, with the other sattras.

P.S. I am trained in the Uttar Kamalabari sattra style.