Sattriya Dance
the 500 years old dance form of Assam is one among eight
classical dances of India
is highly devotional in character.

 

 

Sattriya dances have been performed for centuries in the monasteries called Sattras (monasteries of Assam) by male monks only as rituals and not as performing art. The dances follow the texts of Natyashastra and Subhankara's Srihastamuktavali.

The music of Sattriya dance comprises of classical ragas (melodies), talas (rhythms) and traditional songs. The dance is accompanied by Khol (drum), Tal (a pair of cymbals), flute, violin and other musical instruments.

Sattriya Nritya is accompanied by musical compositions called borgeets (composed by Sankardeva among others) which are based on classical ragas. The instruments that accompany a traditional performance are khols (drums), taals (cymbals) and the flute. Other instruments like the violin and the harmonium have been recent additions. The dresses are usually made of pat, a type of silk produced in Assam, woven with intricate local motifs. The ornaments, too, are based on traditional Assamese designs.