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Assam troupe performs Sattriya

BARBAYAN GHANAKANTA Bora and his troupe of Sattriya (classical) dance from Assam gave an enthralling performance at the Mount Carmel Convent School, Bagmugalia on Friday morning.

india Updated: Apr 29, 2006 01:32 IST

BARBAYAN GHANAKANTA Bora and his troupe of Sattriya (classical) dance from Assam gave an enthralling performance at the Mount Carmel Convent School, Bagmugalia on Friday morning.

The programme was organised under the concluding part of the FEST 2006 series of the SPICMACAY. The programme including a number of performances also marks the weeklong celebration of the World Dance Day that falls on April 29.

Young students of the school were mesmerised by the beautiful Sattriya dance renditions by Seetarani Hazarika, 11-year-old Sanghamitra Bora and the 14-year-old Priyambada. Guru Ghanakanta Bora played the ‘Khol’, an instrument that resembles the pakhawaj and was accompanied by Sisir Pathak. The soulful vocal renditions of Hari Bayan and Narayan Kalita were much appreciated by children.

The children seemed to immediately connect to the various stories enacted by the troupe. School principal Sister Rosallete, honoured artistes by presenting mementoes and thanked them for their enthralling performance.

On April 29, the troupe will perform at Bal Bhawan School, Shyamla Hills at 7.30 am and at noon at Bal Bhawan, Tulsi Nagar. The troupe has already performed at Hoshangabad and Indore and at Barkatullah University and SOS Children’s village in the City. Sattriya dance or Sattriya Nritya is one among the eight principal classical  traditions of.

The others are , , , , ,  and . The dance has its origin in Assam. According to historians Sattriya dance is a creation of the great  () guru  considered the lead architect of Assamese  and .

The content of Sattriya Nritya has usually been  stories. This dance is an attractive way to present mythological teachings in front of common people in an enjoyble form. Sattriya dance is accompanied by classical  based compositions called borgeets (yet another creation from Sankardeva) and . Instruments that accompany a performance are  (), taals (),  and  etc. The ornaments and costumes used in this dance have a very distinct Assamese flavour.

Traditionally, Sattriya dance is performed by bhokots (male monks) in monastries as part of their daily rituals or special festivals. Today, in addition to this practice, Sattriya dance is performed on stage by men and women who are not part of the Satras. Dances are performed either solo or in groups.

This dance requires great physical exercise. Dance movements need body flexibility and intense practice. Sattriya dance is divided into many genres: Apsara Nritya, Behar Nritya, Chali Nritya, Dasavatara Nritya, Gosai Prabesh, Jhumura, Nadu Bhangi, Manchok Nritya, Bar prabesha, Natua Nritya, Gopi Pravesha, Rasa Nritya, Rajaghariya Chali Nritya, Sutradhara etc.