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Bharati Vidyapeeth University begins Satriya dance course
 BISWANATH CHARIALI, May 15 - Keeping in mind the interest shown by the non-Assamese students in Maharashtra, the Bharati Vidyapeeth University, a Deemed University, has introduced Satriya dance in their syllabus.

Sarangadhar Sathe, Director, School of Performing Arts Department, took the initiative to start a seven-year-long certificate and diploma course in the university. It would also be very soon introduced in BA and MA courses. This was informed to mediapersons on Sunday by well-known Pune-based Satriya danseuse Dr Devika Saikia Borthakur who hails from Biswanath Chariali.

Dr Saikia who works as an Associate Professor in the School of Performing Arts, Bharati Vidyapeeth University also revealed that Satriya classes have been started through another institution namely Art of Dancing in India (ADI) in Pune. The syllabus in the university was prepared in compliance with the syllabus of Asom Satra Mahasabha with assistance from Padma Shri Nrityacharya Jatin Goswami, Dr Pradip Jyoti Mahanta and Ustad Bsmillah Khan Award winner Naren Chandra Baruah of Uttar Kamalabari Satra, Majuli. The Maharashtra Government has also introduced the system of awarding 10 to 15 marks to the secondary students in their final examination who opt for Satriya as an elective subject. Dr Biman Hazarika, Jilimani Mahanta, Srimayee Borah and Satyen Mahanta offered a helping hand in preparing the course at the secondary level, she added. Two 15-day long workshops on Satriya Dance were earlier held in Pune in association with Sangeet Natak Akademi which created enthusiasm among the students in the city, better known as the ‘Cultural Capital of India’.

However, Dr Devika who had received a fellowship in 2017 from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India as ‘Outstanding Person in Satriya Dance’, lamented that the Assam Government has not taken any initiative to start such a course in schools, colleges or universities in the State formally though it has been a long pending demand of the concerned people. She urged the Assam Government to take positive steps in this respect. Social worker Dr Amal Saikia, artist Durgeswar Saikia etc., were also present at the press meet.

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