Grima Hazarika, a renowned Satriya dance expert, died of old age-related illness in Guwahati on Friday. She was 83 years old.
He is survived by a granddaughter, a son and a daughter-in-law. Her husband Krishnamurti Hazarika, also a classical dancer, died a few years ago. Hazarika, who pioneered the performance of women dancers in Sataria dance, the famous Assamese classical dance, was also a skilled Odissi and Kathak dancer.
The satriya dance style was once performed only by the “satras” or male residents of Vaishnava monasteries. With the help of renowned scholar Maheshwar Niog, Hazarika dedicated her life to spreading the dance around the world and became one of the pioneers of performing on stage for women.
He is also credited with designing satria dance costumes more suitable for female dancers.
Hazarika began training in Kathak at an early age under the tutelage of Guru Charu Borduloi, and later studied Satriya under the guidance of Kamalbari Sutra Gurus Roseshwar Saikya and Borbiyan Ghana Kanta Bora.
She lived in Delhi until 1968 when she was a student at the Delhi School of Art. When he encountered Odissi dancer Indrani Rahman, he recognized the common elements in the two dance forms of Odissi and Satria. She then became the first Assamese disciple of Guru Surendranath Jena and started learning Odissi dance. On her return to Assam, Hazarika established the Mitali Kala Centre, a center for classical and traditional dance, where she also taught choreography, art direction, painting, mask making and costume design.
He was actively involved in stage and costume design, choreography and other aspects of mobile theater across the state before writing 16 dance plays. Hazarika choreographed many performances in 16 Assamese films.
She was the recipient of several awards including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, the Assam Salpi Devas, and the Assam Natya Sanmalan Award.
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