About

We are a Philadelphia-based dance company with a mission to promote Sattriya, a 600-year-old dance from the Vaishnavite monasteries of Northeast India. Sattriya is a living art form, preserved and practiced by celibate monks in the river island of Majuli. The dance was not accessible to women for centuries. In 2000, the Indian Government recognized Sattriya as one of the country's major dance forms.

Sattriya Dance Company was launched in 2009 with a mission to tell the story of Sattriya and raise awareness about Majuli and the sattras (monasteries) through performances, lecture demonstrations and classes. The company's artistic directors are Madhusmita Bora and Prerona Bhuyan.

Notable performances of the company:

  • 36th Annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival (2014)
  • Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance, New York, NY (2014)
  • Navatman Drive East Concert Series, NY (2014)
  • Fourth International Indian Classical Dance Festival, Vizag, India (2014)
  • St. Louis Indian Dance Festival, Missouri (2013)
  • World Dance Day, Philadelphia (2013)
  • IDEA Dance Festival, Virginia (2012)
  • West Park Arts Festival, Philadelphia (2011)
  • Barpeta Sattra Holi Festival (2010)
  • Doul Gobindo Temple, India (2010)
  • Library for Performing Arts at Lincoln Centre, NY (2010)
  • Multi-Cultural Festival, Delaware Community College (2010)


Friends and Supporters of Sattriya Dance Company

  • Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Harrisburg, PA
  • Leeway Foundation, Philadelphia (link)
  • Philadelphia Folklore Project, Philadelphia (link)
  • Kathak Ensemble and Friends, New York (link)
  • Nartan Kala Niketan, Guwahati
  • Nrityabhumi, Guwahati
  • Uttar Kamalabari Sattra, Majuli
  • Kukurmara Sattra, Kukurmara