2017: Leiden Asia Year

May 20, 2017 from 14:00-16:00: Workshop Classical Sattriya Dance

General information

Leiden University is renowned throughout the world for its top-class expertise on Asia. In September 2017 the University will open a new Asian Library. The Library will be an internationally recognized center of expertise about Asia and will assemble all the Asia collections of the University. When the Library opens the collections will be available for students, researchers and other interested parties. The opening of the Asian Library will be one of the main events of the Leiden Asia Year 2017.

The aim of the Leiden Asia Year 2017 is to show that Leiden (the city, its museums and the University) is one of the world’s leading knowledge hubs on Asia, covering research, teaching, collections and expertise. In close collaboration with the city council, the museums and other organizations, the University will be organizing symposia, conferences, lectures and exhibitions throughout 2017, with the central theme: Asia!
More information: http://www.leidenasiayear.nl/

The Leiden Academic Course Centre (LAK) offers a large variety of courses, such as dance, art, drama, photography, music and singing classes. The LAK will also join in the Asian festivities and will several workshops.

Next workshop: May 20, 2017 from 14:00-16:00 | Workshop Classical Sattriya Dance

General information in Dutch

De Universiteit Leiden is in Nederland de plek waar unieke kennis over Azië is gebundeld in onderwijs en onderzoek. Op 14 september 2017 opent de universiteit haar nieuwe Asia Library, een internationaal toonaangevend expertisecentrum op het gebied van Azië. Alle collecties over Azië voor studenten, onderzoekers en belangstellenden komen onder één dak. Dit is de aanleiding voor het Leiden Asia Year 2017. Diverse musea, instellingen en andere partners in Leiden doen hier aan mee met speciale voorstellingen en exposities of andere evenementen rondom Azië.

Meer informatie: http://www.leidenasiayear.nl/

Het Leids Academisch Kunstcentrum (LAK) organiseert in het voorjaar en in het najaar van 2017 twee workshopweekends met verschillende workshops met de focus op Aziatische kunst en cultuur.Het eerste workshopweekend vindt plaats op 25 en 26 maart 2017. Het tweede workshopweekend vindt plaats op 11 en 12 november 2017.  Daarnaast zal het LAK gedurende het jaar steeds losse workshops organiseren.

Volgende workshop:
May 20, 2017 from 14:00-16:00 | Workshop Classical Sattriya Dance

Workshop Classical Sattriya Dance | Saturday the 20th of May, from 14:00-16:00 h

Workshop Classical Sattriya Dance (In praise of Lord Krishna) |
Sattriya (pronounced ‘Hottriya’) is a classical dance form from the eastern state of Assam in India. The dance emerges from a five hundred years old comprehensive theater tradition nurtured in the Vaishnavite monasteries called “Sattras” in Assam, India. Its creator a Vaishnavite saint and social reformer, Sri Sankardeva employed the art, both plastic and performance to propagate his neo-Vaishnavite movement of universal message of peace and social harmony. He eschewed the caste barriers and advocated his principle of access to the divine for all. What was important to Sri Sankardeva was devotion, selflessness and commitment to Lord Krishna. He composed songs (Borgeet), dance (Sattriya), dramas (Bhaona) and stagecraft for the propagation of his new faith and to ensure effective communication to the common people. The Krishna narratives were recorded not only in music, drama and dance but also in woven textile imagery, the largest surviving example is the Vrindavani Vastra, which is the centrepiece of exhibition at the British Museum and currently held in an exhibition at Chepstow Museum, United Kingdoms. Sri Sankardeva set up Sattras or monasteries and namghars or community prayer halls. For years, this dance was confined to the walls of the monasteries where celibate male monks performed and practised the art as a part of the daily rituals and ceremonial offerings. Today Sattriya dance is flowing from the monasteries to the contemporary world performed widely amongst men and women.

Dancer: Deepshikha Boro, soloist
Date: Saturday 20 May 2017
Time: 14hrs-16hrs
Venue: LAK studio K031, Lipsius Building,Humanities Faculty, Cleveringaplaats 1, 2311BD Leiden, The Netherlands

Registration and tickets:
For students: € 7,50, For staff members and others: € 12,50

For payment at the LAK desk:
Monday to Thursday, 10hrs to 14hrS
 (Cash and pin card accepted)


1.       Lec/dem of Sattriya Dance by Deepshikha Boro

2.       Sutradhar Nritya
Sutradhar Nritya is primarily a male dance and a combination of nritta (pure dance), nritya (expressive dance), natya (abhinaya or facial expression) and narration. This is a one-act play called Ankiaya Nat, composed by Sri Sankardeva.

3.       Dashavatar demonstration in Sattriya style – audience participation
The session will demonstrate and invite the audience to try different hand gestures or hastas in Sattriya style to show the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu or Dashavatar.

4.       Krishna Nritya
Krishna Nritya is one of the major dances in Sattriya style, depicting the childhood of Lord Krishna and his playfulness. Krishna dance is a pure dance performed in ektaal and sutataal.

5.       Raas Lila – audience participation
In raas lila, Lord Krishna and gopis or village maidens dance in a circle, with multiple forms of Krishna appearing magically to dance with each gopis. A simple choreography will offer the audience to participate in the dance form.

6.       Mukha Bhaona with Hanuman Mask
A short presentation of mask ballad will show how masks are used to depict demons and special characters in the dramas of religious plays in Assam. The art of mask making is an integral part of Sattriya culture and originated in Sattras of Assam.

7.       Discussion with Assam tea and Indian snacks

About the artist and the Gurus:
Deepshikha Boro was born in Assam, India. She started her dance training in Bharatanatyam at an early age of nine under Guru Indira P.P. Bora, an internationally acclaimed dancer and exponent of Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Sattriya. Indira P.P. Bora is a Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee and a direct disciple of Late Rukmini Devi Arundale. She is also one of the first female pioneers of Sattriya dance. Deepshikha, however, explored her roots of Sattriya dance under the training of Guru Atulananda Goswami, a dancer of repute. Born in a culturally rich environment of Majuli, he has been trained in Sattriya art since his childhood by his father Late Narayan Chandadera Goswami, who was a saint of domestic order from the Ahatguri Sattra. Guru Atulananda Goswami has acquired accreditation as an artist through several awards. As a young modern artist, Sattriya is Deepshikha’s identity as an Assamese performer yet she remains open to other cultures and is now exploring the classical Javanese dance under the training of Dr. Clara Brakel-Papenhuyzen, a dancer and researcher in the Indonesian performing arts in the Netherlands. Deepshikha has performed the classical Javanese dance in several workshops, lectures, museums and at cultural events in the Netherlands to spread the knowledge of the art form.



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Laatst Gewijzigd: 22-04-2017