- The sattra and namghar
- A performance in the namghar
- Gayan Bayan - a component of Sattriya
(c) Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi.
A traditional performing art form of Assam, a state in the eastern part of India.
In the state of Assam in the eastern part of India.
Music, Dance, Theatre
Sattra are the Vaishnava monasteries in Assam. The saint poet Shankar Deva of the 15th century AD started this institution to bring harmony to the region of Assam through religion, creating forms of dance-dramas, music, painting and collective prayer. The dance forms which have come to stay are called Sattriya dances, sharing all the characteristics of a classical dance form.
As a living tradition these dances are performed in the namghar, the prayer hall of the sattra by the celibate monks. Dressed in white costumes and turbans, head gears, they include khol playing, performing dance, creating soundscapes, floor patterns and choreographic designs. The numbers like Sutradhari, Chali, Jhumura partake of nritta, pure dance, nritya, expressional dance and dance-drama elements. The music is provided by khol (drum), patital, boratal (cymbals)along with songs. The repertoire of Sattriya is vast. Now young female dancers also study these dances and they have come out of the sattra. They are presented on the metropolitan stages, with typical music of Assam, costumes and literary compositions viz borgeet. Both solo and group numbers enrich its presentation.
1973 Sattriya Dances of Assam and their Rhythms.
Guwahati, Assam: Assam Sangeet Natak Akademi. In English and Assamese.
Audio recording available on tapes/cassettes at the archives, Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi.
Video recording available on tape at the archives, Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi.
1. Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi.
2. Department of Culture, Government of Assam, Guwahati, Assam.
Mr. Jayant Kastuar
Sangeet Natak Akademi
Address: Rabindra Bhawan, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi - 110001, India