Dance: Sattriya Sharodi Saikia

Date:01.10.2012
Time:05:30 pm
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Date:30 September 2012
Time:06:30 pm
Organizer: ICCR
Location: London

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Acclaimed as a leading exponent of Sattriya tradition today, Sharodi Saikia, a rare combination of dancer, choreographer, teacher and music composer, has been pursuing this dance form for more than three decades with untiring devotion and exemplary zeal. It was her Guru, the legendary Raseswar Saikia Barbayan of Kamalabari Sattra, who was the moving spirit and main protagonist instrumental in transplanting this rich cultural treasure trove from the religious-ritualistic moorings of the Sattras to the secular stage enabling the common people to enjoy it as a cultural treasure.

In 1974, in a conference conducted by the noted Odissi exponent, late Smt. Indrani Rehman at Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, Sharodi presented this dance form to a distinguished galaxy of Gurus and national cultural personalities. In 1975, she accompanied the then President of India, late Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, on his visit to Indonesia and performed in the Indonesian capital to wide acclaim.

She established ‘Rangayan’, an Academy of Dance, Theatre and Music in 2003 and also set up a performing group ‘Ranga Mandoli’ (2006). At present she is the Director of Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra, Guwahati (The Premier Cultural Institution of Assam)

In association with Assamese Community (rinikakati@hotmail.com)

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