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Sattriya dance recital by Anwesa Mahanta

Anwesa Mahanta - Sattriya Dancer

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A dedicated and promising young exponent of Sattriya Dance, Anwesa Mahanta has received accolades from the art connoisseurs and scholars for the grace and liveliness of her dance and the expressiveness of her abhinaya. She has been an active performer since 2001, presenting Sattriya in its solo form.
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Belonging to the Vaisnava monastery of Assam, Sattra, Anwesa started her formal lessons in Sattriya from her early childhood under the guidance of the eminent maestro and a Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee Bayanacharya Ghanakanta Bora. Anwesa has been learning, researching and interpreting Sattriya dance, music and theatre since two decades.

Born to Ms. MinatiChoudhury,a noted litterateur of the region who also served in Doordarshan and Prof PradipJyotiMahanta, an erudite scholar in the field of Cultural History of Assam and Northeastern India and currently, Professor and Head in the Dept. of Cultural Studies, Tezpur University.

Anwesa has been pursuing dance, not merely as a pastime but as a chosen path of her growing and devotional journey. During this journey over the years she has been trying with utmost sincerity to enlarge the performance canvas and expand her repertoire constantly drawing resource material from the vast literary corpus of the Vaisnava Renaissance of Assam. She has been giving lecture demonstrations and presented papers in several places and institutions with an aim to reach out to more and more children, scholars and art lovers. The Pragjyoti International Dance Festival, a festival of young classical dancers, first of its kind in Assam, is one of her attempts through KALPA (A Society for Promotion of Literature, Art, Culture and Social Harmony) which allow the young exponents to speak and share their thoughts and ideas through dance and communicate to the youths the relevance of Indian dance in the contemporary world.

She has thus carved a space in the Sattriya Dance world with her understandings, research, interpretations and outstanding performances drawing applause and appreciation from both the media and the art cognoscenti and established an unfailing record of excellence in her performance career. Anwesa is the Jr. Secretary and Festival Director of KALPA ,a Society for Promotion of Literature Art, Culture and Social Harmony and coordinates Pragjyoti International Dance Festival, a Festival of Young Classical Dancers in Guwahati. Since 4 years she has been conducting and directing this International Dance Festival which has earned national and international accolades.

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Anwesa Mahanta - Sattriya Dancer
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