Living the Past, Dancing in the Present: Sattriya Dance Tradition of Assam. Dr. Anwesa Mahanta

Time:05:30 pm

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Date:01 June 2016
Time:06:30 pm
Organizer: ICCR
Location: London

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Emerged from the Bhakti Movement in Assam, during the 15th /16th centuries, led by Srimanta Sankaradeva, the great saint, poet and composer, the Sattriya dance derives its spirit, content and nourishment from the philosophy of Bhakti (Intense devotion). Living the Past, Dancing in the present includes an illustrated demonstration of dance tradition representing the energetic flow and movement analysis of performance narratives passing through several generations that have kept alive the arts as living traditions. The presentation is related to Anvesha’s research as Charles Wallace Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast.

Dr. Anwesa Mahanta is a noted dance exponent and researcher from Northeast India specializing in the field of Heritage and Performance Studies. She has performed extensively across India and UK, Hong Kong, France, Srilanka, New Zealand, Malaysia. A disciple of eminent maestro Padmashri Ghanakanta Bora, Anwesa has been interpreting this dance form since last 25 years.

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