Lives of celibate monks of Uttar Kamalabari Sattra on Majuli island on River Brahmaputra, Assam, India and Sattriya classical dances of Assam along with screening of excerpts of rare film and demonstration

Time:05:30 pm

When and Where

Date:17 September 2015
Time:06:30 pm
Organizer: ICCR
Location: London

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Dr. Sunil Kothari

Gayan Bayaan by monks of Shankar Madhav Sanskriti Goshti, Namkatoni Gaon, Majuli Island,Assam
Photo Avinash Pasricha

SHATARUPA CHATTERJEE is an accomplished and versatile dance performer trained in Sattriya and Odissi dance forms. She is the senior disciple of Odissi and Sattriya exponent Smt Gorima Hazarika. She received extensive training under Padmavibhusan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. Shatarupa has imbibed the traditional intricacies of Sattriya through her training with Naren Chandra Barua of Uttar Kamalabari Sattra, Assam. She has years of experience in performing and dance training. A passionate dance practitioner, she is actively associated to promote and popularise Sattriya dance style in UK

This form was given status of 8th classical dance of India in the year 2000.Though practiced for past 600 years in the monasteries of Assam,little was known about this classical dance form till they were brought to All India Dance Seminar , It was saint religious preacher Srimant Shankardev, who with his chief apostle Madhavdev spread it in Assam to have peaceful coexistence with other religious practices. No idols are worshipped. Only the book Srimad Bhagavat is placed on a wooden throne. In some monasteries ,monks can marry and leave the Sattra. Then they go to cities and train young boys and girls Sattriya dances.

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