GUWAHATI, March 18 – “In comparison to the past, the Sattriya dance of Assam is now gaining widespread popularity and recognition worldwide. Acknowledged among the eight major dance forms of India by Sangeet Natak Akademy, it is equally attracting the younger generations of the State.”
This was the statement made by noted Sattriya exponent Jatin Goswami. He was speaking to this newspaper on last Friday.
The Padmashree award winner said that Sattriya had bright prospects for the students who want to practise the dance form and also to carry out research on the topic.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, the Nrityacharya said that a couple of initiatives by Sangeet Natak Akademy had proved to be elixir for the growth and popularity of Sattriya outside the State. The special centre for promoting the dance known as Sattriya Kendra, in Guwahati, is one such laudable step.
“In all major dance festivals, Sangeet Natak Akademy sends the Sattriya dance groups. It not only gives exposure to the young dancers of the State but also adds to the esteem of the dance as more and more people get to know Sattriya. I can vouch that the scholars throughout the country associated with the field of performing arts, now have a better understanding of Sattriya,” he added.
“The present developments regarding the growth of Sattriya could be termed satisfactory as young people are getting attracted towards it. Specially, in Upper Assam, the keenness to teach and learn the dance form is clearly visible,” he commented.
He further added that various scholarships and fellowships which are available now are further helping for the cause of the classical dance form. “The Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT) scholarship for young people and also for the seniors is mentionable in this regard.
Moreover, another notable point is that since the students are getting good exposure through this dance, they are taking it more seriously,” he further added.