Sattriya: Classical Dance of Assam

By: Sunil Kothari (Ed.)

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In the year 2000, the Sattriya dances of Assam received recognition as the eighth classical dance form of India. This living tradition from the monasteries known as sattras has been practised for over 500 years by celibate monks. Created by the Vaishnava saint and social reformer Sankaradeva and his principal disciple Madhavadeva in the 16th century, it possesses all the elements of classical dance, following the principles of natyashastra. Today, it has moved to the metropolitan stage, performed by male as well as female dancers. Retaining its basic core of bhakti, it has metamorphosed into a form with high aesthetic appeal, as is evident from the rich visuals in this book. Dance historian Sunil Kothari has visited sattras over several years, watching performances and documenting this dance form. The chapters reflect the voices of acknowledged scholars, gurus and practitioners from Assam, covering different aspects – the institution of the sattra, the dance-dramas known as Ankiya Nat and Bhaona, Ojapali dance, ground exercises and technique, abhinaya and the use of masks, the traditional repertoire, devotional songs, music and recent innovations. The concluding section features some leading exponents of Sattriya dance. Printed Pages: 148 with 254 illustrations.

Title: Sattriya: Classical Dance of Assam

Author Name: Sunil Kothari (Ed.)

Categories: Dance, India,

Publisher: Mumbai, The Marg Foundation: 2013

ISBN: 8192110664

ISBN 13: 9788192110660

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 1200011

Keywords: Sattriya: Classical Dance of Assam Sunil Kothari (Ed.)