Sattriya. What is it?

Also known as Sattriya Nritya is one of the major forms of Indian classical dance. In my previous post  I provided Information about Odissi dance as a form of Indian Classical dance in detail , Now i will be providing Information about Sattriya dance in detail.

Having its origin from Krishna- centered Vaishnavism monasteries of Assam Its a dance drama performance which is attributed to the Saint of Bhakti movement named Srimanta Sankardev.


This dance form has also three parts Named and Nritta, Nritya and Natya . There meaning is same as i explained in my Kuchipudi dance post.

As a genre of dance-drama it tells religious and mythical stories through facial expressions and hand postures. The basic unit of this dance form is known as Mati Akhara which is subdivided into Ora , Saata, Jhalak, Sitika, Pak, Jap, Lon and Khar.

A complete performance of this dance form Combines two styles  ,  First is Pauraushik bhangi which is performed by males and is of full of energy and jumps , The another one is Stri bhangi which is performed by females and is really graceful and delicate.


Music and instruments In Sattriya.

A sattriya performance is accompanied by musical compositions known as Borgeets . These compositions are based on classical ragas and is composed by Sankardeva and Shree Shree Mahadev.

The musical Instrument which accompanies the performance is called Khols which is an asymmetrical  two sided drum quite different from other drums  . It is key instrument for the performance. Other instruments like Manjira, Bansuri(flute) ,Bihutal , Harmonium etc are the recent additions.

Khol(double sided drum)

Costume and attire of a sattriya performer..

The costume which the male performer wear is basically a Dhoti  and Chaadar and Paguri( turban). And the female performer’s costume comprises of Ghuri(kind of saari) , Chaadar, and kaanchi(waist cloth). Traditionally the costumes were made by white or raw silk whith the use of different colors like yellow , blue , red  for specific dance numbers.

The Assamese jewelry is wore by the artists which are made up of unique technique in Kesa sun(raw gold) also They wear Kopali on forehead and different bracelets known as Muthi kharu and Gam kharu also different types of neck pieces like Mata muni which is specially for male dancers. Female dancers also wear white flowers in hair.


Here I am providing you with a Sattriya dance performance.

This performance is given by Gargee Bordoloi and Priyakshee Kataky and India International dance festival 2015 at Bhubneshwar. Hope it will help you to understand this dance form better.



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