# 6 Did you know?

The dancing monks of

Majuli Island -

Satriya dance

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📍 In 𝐦𝐚𝐢 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟑, the Mandapa welcomed 𝐁𝐚𝐛𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐚 𝐁𝐚𝐫𝐛𝐡𝐚𝐲𝐚𝐧, venerated 𝐦𝐚î𝐭𝐫𝐞 𝐝𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐞 whose reputation went beyond the borders of the Island of the monks-dancers.

🇮🇳 Au 𝐧𝐨𝐫𝐝-𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐝𝐞 𝐥'𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐞, in 𝐥'𝐄𝐭𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐞 𝐥'𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐦, 𝐥'𝐈𝐥𝐞 𝐝𝐞 𝐌𝐚𝐣𝐮𝐥𝐢 is considered a 𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐮 𝐬𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐭 by the 𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐨𝐮𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐬 of Vishnouist tradition.
The 𝐦𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐝𝐞𝐬 𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐬𝐭è𝐫𝐞𝐬 (Sattras) honor the 𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐮 𝐕𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐧𝐨𝐮 and its main incarnation, 𝐊𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐧𝐚, through song, drama, and especially the Sattriya dance.

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🕍 These 𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐬𝐭è𝐫𝐞𝐬 were 𝐟𝐨𝐧𝐝é𝐬 𝐚𝐮 𝐗𝐕è𝐦𝐞 𝐬𝐢è𝐜𝐥𝐞, and the 𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐲𝐚 designed for 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐠𝐧𝐞𝐫 𝐥𝐞 𝐭𝐡éâ𝐭𝐫𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐥, a spectacular form of 𝐝é𝐯𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐝é𝐝𝐢é𝐞 to 𝐊𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐧𝐚 and 𝐑𝐚𝐦𝐚.
𝐥'𝐄𝐭𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐞 𝐥'𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐦 has more than 𝐬𝐢𝐱 𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐬𝐭è𝐫𝐞𝐬, but it is on Majuli Island that their 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯é𝐞𝐬 most faithfully. 𝐃𝐞𝐮𝐱 𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐦𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐯𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐬𝐮𝐫 𝐥'î𝐥𝐞, entrusted to the monastery from childhood by parents too poor to educate them, or wishing to attract the favors of the gods.

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✨ It takes more than 𝐝𝐢𝐱 𝐚𝐧𝐬 to acquire the 𝐦𝐚î𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐞 𝐝𝐞 𝐥𝐚 𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐲𝐚 whose technical characteristics are unlike any other dance in India. The choreographies alternate the 𝐯𝐢𝐠𝐮𝐞𝐮𝐫 𝐝𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐚𝐦𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐬 and 𝐥'𝐢𝐧𝐭é𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭é 𝐝𝐞𝐬 𝐩𝐢è𝐜𝐞𝐬 of pure fervor.
𝐁𝐚𝐛𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐚 conquered all audiences with 𝐥'é𝐥é𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐝𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐥, his grace both virile and sensual, and his charisma imbued with an androgynous form of devotion of which India has eloquent examples.

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➡️ The 𝐬𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐲𝐚 is officially part of the 𝐡𝐮𝐢𝐭 𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐝𝐞 𝐥'𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐞.
The 𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐮𝐞 𝐝𝐞 𝐁𝐡𝐚𝐛𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐚 was a meeting of a rare flavor 𝐭𝐨𝐮𝐣𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬 𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐦é𝐦𝐨𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐬 ...

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🎥 Here is a very complete 𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐝'𝐀𝐑𝐓𝐄 on 𝐦𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬-𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐮𝐫𝐬 𝐝𝐞 𝐌𝐚𝐣𝐮𝐥𝐢. We present the Sattriya dance and its wonderful dancers, but we also focus on climate change which is seeing the gradual disappearance of arable land ...

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