People

Madhusmita Bora, Artistic Director

Sattriya is Madhusmita's heritage. Born and raised in Assam, she grew up to the rhythms of this incredible art form practiced routinely at her village prayer house. She made her debut as a dancer before she turned four, performing at her village temple for the annual Raax festival.

Madhusmita Bora has presented Sattriya in festivals and lecture performances in the US, India and the UK. A disciple of Padmashree Jatin Goswami, Guru Ramkrishna Talukdar, Guru Naren Barua and Adhyapak Gobinda Kalita from the Uttar Kamalabari Sattra, she also studied Kathak with Janaki Patrik in New York and Daniel Freddy in New Delhi. Madhusmita's Sattriya work has been funded three times by the Art & Change Grant, Leeway Foundation, and twice by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Recipient of the Naatya Saradhi Award in 2014 and the IIDF Award in 2016, her collaborative works include When the River Meets the Sea with Annielille Gavino, Sattriya-Tap with Robert Burden Jr. and The Art Profound with Reggie Tapman Meyers. She is the co-founder and co-director of Sattriya Dance Company. In 2017, she was awarded the prestigious Pew grant for her project on the Brindabani Bastra. The grant will support installation of the Cloth of Vrindavan at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and fund the travel of the Dancing Monks of Assam, who will bring the stories from the textile to life. Madhusmita is also a freelance writer and an English professor at Lincoln University. She divides her time between India and the US.

Awards

  • PEW Arts and Heritage Grant, 2017
  • IIDF Award, 2016
  • Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grant, 2016, 2013
  • Nritya Saradi Award, 2014
  • Art & Change Grant from Leeway Foundation, 2011, 2010, 2009

Prerona Bhuyan, Artistic Director

Prerona Bhuyan was introduced into the world of dance by her mother at the age of four. She has studied Sattriya under the guidance of Nirtyacharya Padmashree Jatin Goswami, Guru Naren Barua, Anita Sharma and Guru Ramkrishna Talukdar. She has experimented with different genres of dance, including contemporary and jazz under Santosh Nair and Ashley Lobo. She extensively trained in yoga under renowned Guru Navtej Johar. She has also trained in Bharatnatyam under Guru Indira P P Bora.

Prerona has performed Sattriya widely at celebrated venues in India and the USA. Prerona is co-founded and co-director of the Sattriya Dance Company. Prerona is also a producer with Folk Beats a music production company dedicated to promoting and preserving Assamese folk music. She has worked on a documentary film Borgeet- Eti Dhrupad Sampad by a National Award winning film critique based on borgeets written by Srimanta Sankardev and Madhavdev. She divides her time between USA and India.

Awards

  • IIDF Award, 2016
  • Devdasi Nritya Pratibha Puraskar, 2016
  • Nritya Jyoti Puraskar, 2015
  • National Nritya Shiromani Award, 2015