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Sattriya dance Masterclass w/ Babhananda Barbayan

Masterclass of Indian classical dance "Sattriya" with a master monk from Assam, India.

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Feb 3 - 5

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3 days

Fri : 1pm - 6pm -Sat & Sun : 10am - 3pm

English / French / Spanish

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Sattriya dance is a classical dance form from the Indian state of Assam that originated in the 15th century as part of the Vaishnavite Bhakti movement. It was traditionally performed by male monks in the satras (monasteries) as a form of devotion and storytelling, and incorporates elements of music, drama, and martial arts. The dance is known for its intricate footwork and graceful movements, and has gained recognition as one of India’s eight classical dance forms. It is now performed by both men and women in various settings.

Bhabananda, Sattriya practitioner, has dedicated his life to learning, refining, and teaching this art form. Over the years, he has developed a unique approach to teaching in his introductory workshops. He offers the physical challenges of coordination, learning to differentiate different body parts, and following complex traditional rhythms. But he also encompasses a broader sense of the art of dancing, teaching a means of expression that weaves together movement, singing, facial expressions, and hand gestures in order to tell stories. These stories are based on a mythological and metaphorical language that transcends culture and origins. Bhabananda also offers a philosophical perspective on the act of performing in front of an audience and the meaning of tradition in our modern world.


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Bhabananda Barbayan is a dancer and teacher of Sattriya dance. He was born on the river island of Majuli in Assam, India, and was adopted into the Sattra Monastic System at the age of four. As a Vaishnavi monk, he received training in Sattriya dance and music and became an artistic master at the age of sixteen. He completed a Ph.D. at the Rabindra Bharati University in West Bengal, focusing on academic research into Sattriya Dance and has contributed to the establishment of the Assamese institute in Delhi. He has taught and performed, on his own and with his group of monks, at the "Musée Quai Branly" in France, the "British Museum" in London, "Symphony Space" in New York, and "Brown University" in the USA, among others. He is dedicated to transmitting his art and collaborating with artists internationally, bridging the gap between classical forms and contemporary performing arts.

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