Satkara (A society for propagating Satriya Culture) in association with Directorate of Cultural Affairs and Dalmia Bharat Cement organized Nata Nrityam 2017- 2nd All Assam Sattriya dance competition in loving memory of Nrityaratna Dr Jagannath Mahanta. The competition was held in three different places of Assam viz Jhanji, Duliajan and Guwahati on 2nd, 9th and 16th July 2017.

It is indeed commendable to note that, 122 candidates participated, out of which 22 were shortlisted. The shortlisted candidates were further evaluated on the basis of their recorded videos and best three of both categories were finalised.

The result declaration & prize distribution ceremony was held on 3rd September 2017 at Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture, Guwahati. Sattradhikar of Sri Sri Jakai Sattra, Sri Bhadra Krishna Goswami, Retd. IAS officers Swapnanil Barua and Sankar Prasad Kakoti Bora  and Regional Officer of ICCR, Guwahati Pranaame Bhagawati  graced the evening with their presence.

The evening started with a Borgeet recital by Namrata Priyam, Khol Badan (Khol recital) by Arunabh Jyoti Malakar and his team and Sattriya dance performance by Nandinee Kashyap who was the winner of the first edition of Nata Nrityam 2016.

Ritishmita Deka from Duliajan, Jahnavi Gogoi from Duliajan and Gargee Bordoloi from Guwahati secured First, Second and Third prize respectively in the Senior category. From Junior category, Rosy Saikia from Jhanji, Anwesha Saikia from Namrup and Pralakshi Baishya from Guwahti secured First, Second and Third prize respectively.

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Rest of the shortlisted candidates were given consolation prizes. The winners from senior and junior category got cash prize of worth Rs. 23,000 along with other attractive gifts sponsored by Doogdoogi and Aharya. The evening came to end with vote of thanks by founder of Satkara, Meenakshi Medhi. Such step propagated by Satkara will certainly promote the true essence of the Sattriya dance art and culture amongst the upcoming generation fulfilling them as promising and budding artistes.

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