16 – 18 Nov 2018
Fri – Sun
Fri & Sat: 7.30pm, 8.45pm & 10pm
Sun: 7.30pm & 8.45pm
Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
SATRARANGA is a group of performing artists and monks from the island of Majuli who have dedicated their lives to the promotion and propagation of the art and culture of sattriya. The performances are choreographed and led by internationally acclaimed sattriya exponent Dr Bhabananda Barbayan.
Sattriya is a living heritage, one of the eight classical dances of India that combines aesthetic and religion through balladry, dance and drama. The tradition traces its roots to the Vaishnavite monastic orders of Assam, attributed to the 15th century bhakti movement by scholar and saint, Srimanta Sankardev.
Sankaradeva created the Sattriya Nritya as an accompaniment to the Ankiya Naat (a form of Assamese one-act plays devised by him), which were usually performed in sattras(monasteries), from where the form derives its name. The tradition developed and grew as the sattras not only became the religious but also cultural and social hub for the people of Assam. The dance form was originally performed in sattras strictly by male devotees (bhokots) as a part of monastic rituals, and was therefore confined to their grounds for several centuries. It was only in the late 19th century that sattriya started to be practiced outside by male and female performers.
Recognised in 2000 as a classical dance by Sangeet Natak Akademi of India, modern sattriya has come a long way in its 500-year-old heritage; it explores many themes and plays, and is staged worldwide.