A Study on Satriya Dance in a Vaishnavite Monastery of Majuli, Assam

Assamese Vaishnavite monasteries are frequent venues for performances of the Satriya Dance, a popular type of classical Indian dance (satras). Satriya dance is a source of tremendous pride for the state of Assam because it has contributed to the state’s distinct identity. There is a deep relationship between this style of dance and the Vaishnavism and satra institutions of Assam. This dancing style has the majority of the classical elements. The Satriya dance is an integral part of life at Uttar Kamalabari Satra, one of the most prominent Vaishnavite monasteries in the Majuli area. The bhakats, who are Vaishnavite monks, and the trainees, who are not monks, are both taught this dance form. There is a strong cultural and social connection between this dance form and the state of Assam and the surrounding area. This satra is one of the few places where the ancient dance ritual is still performed regularly. The study of the history of Satriya dance and its many guises took place at the Uttar Kamalabari Satra in Majuli, Assam, which is famous for the heritage of the aforementioned dance form. This was done as part of the current study, the purpose of which was to investigate both of these factors.