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Dancing Monks of Assam & Sattriya Dance Company

Dancing Monks of Assam
Photo credit: Vipul Sangoi

March 12, 2018

For centuries, Sattriya, one of India's classical dances honoring the Hindu God Krishna and his incarnations, remained confined to the monasteries of Assam in India where monks practiced, nurtured, and preserved it as part of their daily rituals. Now, the more than 500-year-old living tradition will be performed in Drexel University’s Mandell Theater as part of the monks’ maiden U.S. tour, along with a series of master classes.

Tickets are now available for Odyssey of the Spirit, a performance with the Dancing Monks of Assam led by Bhabananda Barbaya and the Sattriya Dance Company, on Saturday, April 28, 2018. RSVP to attend master classes and other events.

Schedule for Sattriya master class series and performance:

Monday, April 23: Theatre Master Class (5:30-6:50p.m. in Mandell Theater)
Tuesday, April 24: Dance Master Class (6-8p.m. in 418 Main Building)
Thursday, April 26: Yoga Master Class (1:30-2:50p.m. and 3-4:20 p.m. in Mandell Theater Green Room)
Thursday, April 26: Panel Discussion and Film Screening (6:30p.m. in the URBN Annex Screening Room). Free and open to the public.
Friday, April 27: Dance Master Classes (12-12:50p.m. and 1-1:50 in Forman Studio)
Friday, April 27: Drum Circle Master Class (3p.m. in MacAlister 2032)
Saturday, April 28: Performance open to Drexel/Public (7:30p.m. in Mandell Theater). Tickets are $25 for general admission and $10 for students and Drexel faculty and staff. [TICKETS]

The Dancing Monks of Assam Master Class Series is open only to the Drexel Community.

Original support for this project was provided to Madhusmita Bora by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia.

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