Sattriya: A fading dance heritage of Assam

ASSAM: Sattriya or Sattriya Nritya  is one among the eight principal classical Indian dance traditions and traces its origin in the 15th century Assam. In the year 2000, it was recognized as a classical dance by the Sangeet Natak Akademi. It was created by the medieval Polymath Srimanta Sankardev.

Sattriya was further extended and defined by Sankardev’s disciple Madhavdev for performances of Ankia Naat (a form of Assamese one-act plays devised by them), which were usually performed in the sattras (monasteries) associated with the Ekasarana dharma.  This dance form has remained a living tradition in Assam’s Vaishnava monasteries, known as sattras, for over 500 years now.

Sattriya exponent and Padma Shree recipient Jatin Goswami on Tuesday stressed on the popularization of the dance form which has been seen to gradually fade with time.

Speaking as the guest of the month at the Guwahati Press Club, he stressed on retaining the originality of the dance form while modifying it and making it more suitable for modern day viewers.

TNT Desk

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