Bhabananda Barbayan Satriya Dancer Profile
Bhabananda Barbayan
Bhabananda  Barbayan  Satriya Dancer Profile

Inducted into the revered Uttar Kamalabari Satra at the age of four, Bhabananda Barbayan learnt the nuances of Satriya culture there under the able guidance of gurus Paramananda Barbayan and Tuniram Barbayan (nritya), Cheniram Barbayan (khol bayan), Kamal Bargayan (gayan), and Baluram Bargayan and Gupiram Bargayan (oja). Today, he is an exponent himself, imparting lessons, as well as conducting workshops, besides holding lecture demonstrations on Satriya, travelling far and wide.

At 17, he became the youngest Barbayan (one of the 12 cultural heads) of the Sattra. Sattriya dance was introduced by the great 15th century Assamese seer, Srimanta Shankaradeva, who used it as a tool to preach. Being a great performing artist himself, the Vaishnavite saint skillfully mixed entertainment with devotion. Today, Barbayan has taken the dance form beyond Sattra boundaries and performed in several countries, including France, Switzerland ,Germany, Portugal, Bangladesh etc.

He is the founder of Sattriya Academy in New Delhi by the patronized of Assam Association, Delhi.

Now in his thirties, Bhabananda Barbayan has composed a number of solo, as well as group dance numbers and in doing so, he has resorted to wide experimentations, infusing elements of gayan-bayan, mati akhara, Satriya ojapali, bhortal nritya, etc.

In the musical front of Satriya culture, too, he has worked extensively, making compositions based on khols and taals, Satriya raags, etc.

He remarkable work even first in Sattriya is innovative choreography based on ‘ Brindavani Vastra’ a unique textile piece preserved in Musee Guimet, France, woven in Assam in 16th century AD , under the guidance of Mahapurush Sankaradeva.

He is also visiting faculty of Deptt. Of Theatre , Paris-VIII University , France since 2009 and Performing Arts Deptt. of Dibrugarh University, Assam since 2012, and a member of the Expert Committee of CCRT ,New Delhi.

Bhabananda has been doing his Ph.D on Sattriya Tala Pattern in Rabindra Bharati University Kolkata.

Barbayan had also directed the music for eminent French filmmaker Emanuel Petit’s documentary on Majuli, titled Dans Les Drumes De Majuli, where he appeared in a number of sequences.

Barbayan has been trying to incorporate some much-needed changes in the dance form so that this form appeals to the new generation.

Barbayan is also an empanelled artist of ICCR.

Contact Details and Biodata
Bhabananda Barbayan
Uttar Kamalabari Satra P.O. Kamalabari (Majuli)
Dist. Jorhat (Assam) INDIA
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