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, dedicated to celebrating the life of Lord Krishna. Madhusmita has trained under Padmashree Jatin Goswami, Guru Ramkrishna Talukdar, Guru Naren Barua and Adhyapak Gobinda Kalita from the Uttar Kamalabari Sattra. She has also intensively trained and performed with Kathak Guru Janaki Patrik of New York. Her dedication to propagate the art form has been widely recognized by the media in her native Assam. She is a recipient of the Art & Change Grant from Leeway Foundation for the years 2009, 2010 and 2011. She is also the recipient of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grant for the year 2013 and the Nritya Saradhi Award, 2014. Madhusmita is also a business reporter and teaches English at Lincoln University. She's currently working on a book documenting Mati Akhara or the basic movements of Sattriya.

Prerona Bhuyan, Artistic Director

Prerona was introduced into the world of dance by her mother at age four. She trained in Bharatnatyam under Guru Indira PP Bora. She has experimented with different genres of dance, including Contemporary and Jazz under Santosh Nair and Ashley Lobo. She also practiced yoga under renowned Guru Navtej Johar. Prerona studied Sattriya under the guidance of Guru Ramkrishna Talukdar and Adhyapak Naren Barua of Uttar Kamalabari Sattra and Padmashree Jatin Goswami. Prerona is also involved with a music production company called Folk Beats which is working towards preserving the folk music of Assam. She divides her time between USA and India for the cause of promoting Sattriya.