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Dr. Anwesa Mahanta

Sattriya Dancer and Festival Director at Pragjyoti International Dance Festival

India

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.

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 for almost 20 years.

She has been an active performer since 2001, presenting Sattriya in its solo form. Anwesa has also worked on many choreographic presentations of her own. She has performed extensively across India and also aborad, appearing at many prestigious dance festivals.

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 working and presenting lecture demonstrations and presented papers in several places and institutions with an aim to reach out to more and more children and other scholars and art lovers.
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 cognoscenti and established an unfailing record of excellence in her performance career.
“I perceive the world and its cosmos through dance and …and share with you the positive energy of Bhakti philosophy radiating from the glorious 500 years old tradition”- as the dancer says.

Specialties:Research exploration in various aspects of Performing Arts in Assam

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Experiences

Research Scholar

University of Delhi  |  Delhi, India

April, 2009 - Present

Currently pursuing PhD programme in the area of Performing Arts and Oral Traditions of Assam.



Sattriya Dancer
Freelance
June 2001 – Present (14 years 7 months)

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Festival Director

Pragjyoti International Dance Festival  |  India

January, 2009 - Present

Pragjyoti International Dance Festival is a Festival that provides spaces to the voices of the Young exponents practising Indian Dance Styles. Since 4 years this Festival has been conducted and it has earned national and international accolades. As a part of the festival, symposia, workshops, open dance forums and seminars are also being organized. With this Festival, an attempt has been made to reach out to the young minds and share with them an exchange of ideas through the medium of cultural expressions.



Sattriya Dancer
Freelance
June 2001 – Present (14 years 7 months)



Awarded Scholarship
Sangeet Natak Akademi
2003
This scholarship was awarded to pursue advanced studies in Sattriya Dance under the guidance of her teacher, the eminent maestro, Bayanacharya Ghanakanta Bora. The scholarship programme involved advanced training and a research orientation in the field of Sattriya Dance. Thus these 5 years of training were also years of both performance and performance studies on Sattriya Art.

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)- Visual and Performing Arts

Delhi University-India

India

2009 - 2014 (5 year)

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M.A. -English

Gauhati University -India

India

2006 - 2008 (2 year)

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