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Sattriya is one of the Indian classical dances and originated in the Northeast Indian state of Assam. The dance was created in the 15th century by Vaishnavite saint, Srimanta Sankardeva. The dance gets its name from the word “sattra,” the name for Assamese monasteries. Saatriya was created to supplement Ankiya Naat (a form of one act Assamese plays), which were performed in sattras.
Sattriya is still performed in tradition rituals at sattras, depciting Hindu mythological stories. The dance was originally performed by male monks, or Bholots. Like other Indian classical dances, Saatriya employs Nritta (pure dance), Nritya (expressive dance), and Natya (story telling).
Sattriya will not be presented at the Traditions Engaged festival, but here is a preview of the art form: