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Sattriya dance is a classical dance form from the state of Assam in northeast India, known for its intricate footwork and graceful hand gestures. The performance will feature traditional and sacred vaishnavi stories told through dance and music. The recital will be performed by Babhananda Barbayan, a dancing monk from India, and Betzabel Falfan, his long time student. It is a rare opportunity to see Sattriya dance live!
Come and experience the beauty and richness of this ancient art form, and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Assam. Limited places
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.
Betzabel Falfan Of Mexican origin, I am a dancer and actress by training. I have a Master's degree in Indian classical dance "Sattriya" and I am the author of the first academic research on this subject 2010-2013. I graduated from the University Paris VIII UFR arts, philosophy, aesthetics in Paris France in performing arts. Holder of a scholarship from "Paris jeunes talents" I have traveled to Chennai, India where I began my research and practice of Bharatanatyam dance, with Kalaimamani Kuthalam M. Selvam, his father Sri V.S. Muthusamy Pillai 2009. I joined the Sriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra (Bharatanatyam course) & Srimanta Sankaradeva Bhawan (Sattriya course) under the guidance of Mr. Bhabananda Barbayan at the institute in Delhi India 2010. I am certified in the Feldenkrais Method® with Cantal 1, in Cantal, France. I co-organize and administer the Feldenkrais professional training programs in Belgium since 2019 and accompany the students in their journey.