April 12, 2019

OCTAVE 2019: A Festival of North East States

A festival of North Eastern States of India – OCTAVE 2019, organised by the North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC), Patiala, under the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, successfully concluded in Jaipur in Rajasthan from March 26 to 30. 

A accomplished dancer who has been playing an important role in promoting Sattriya dance in the country and elsewhere, Dr Anjana Moyee Saikia, and her group comprising of Mridusmita Dutta Sonica Hazarika, Barasha Bordoloi and Prakriti Sarma, presented a scintillating Sattriya dance on the concluding day of the event. The other artistes who accompanied the dancers were Hari Prasad Saikia, Gautam Bayan, Nabajit Saikia, Ripu Borah, Biswajit Bordoloi. 

A disciple of guru Padmashree, Bayanacharya Ghanakanta Bora, Anjana Moyee Saikia performed a series of recitals, starting off with an invocation to Lord Krishna, followed by the expressive aspect of the form – abhinaya, with her group.

It was a visual treat for the audiences, who thoroughly enjoyed the brilliance and the distinctive style of Sattriya dance and its music, in addition to its costumes, at the Jawahar Kala Kendra - a multi arts centre, in Jaipur. The presentation reflected the vital elements of Sattriya based on live music, performed in both male as well as female forms. It was an unique and a rare experience for the audiences to witness such an unique form of dance. 

The presentation by other dance forms of the North Eastern States like Manipur, Tripura, Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Nagaland and Mizoram also mesmerised the huge crowd and art enthusiasts.

Prantik Deka


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