Darshana, Ranjana and Lalana, Guru Bipin Singh, Devyani Chalia, Charu
Mathur and Sinhajit Singh. Karta Maharaj is described as the "Father of
Manipuri Ras".
Sattriya
The Sattriya dance form was evolved towards the end of the 15th century BC,
when Vaishnava saint and reformer, Sankardeva (1449-1568) composed his
dance drama and songs. The Sattriya dancers possess a number of hastas,
choreographic patterns, distinctive costumes and a variety of masks. The
music mostly depends upon the khol, cymbals, supporting raga, and other
songs.
    It was introduced by Sankaradeva as a powerful medium for propagation
of the Vaishnava faith. He integrated art and bhakti by creating a whole
gamut of dance, drama and music for the upliftment of the Assamese society.
He created Sattriya Nritya as an accompaniment to the Ankiya Naat (a form
of Assamese one-act plays devised by him), which were usually performed in
the sattras, as Assam"s monasteries are called. As the tradition developed and
grew within the sattras, the dance form came to be called Sattriya Nritya.
Today, although Sattriya Nritya has emerged from within the confines of the
sattras to a much wider recognition, the sattras continue to use the dance form
for ritualistic and other purposes for which it was originally created circa 500
years ago.
    In the second half of the 19th century, Sattriya Nritya emerged from the
sanctum of Assam"s sattras. It moved from the monastery to the metropolitan
stage. The sattras had maintained certain rigid disciplines and austerities
within their walls, and until the first half of the 19th century this dance style
was performed in a highly ritualistic manner by male dancers alone. The
classical rigidity, the strict adherence to certain principles, and the non-
engagement of academic research on the dance form all contributed to the
delayed recognition and acceptance of Sattriya Nritya as one of the eight
classical dance forms of India. On November 15, 2000, the Sangeet Natak
Akademi finally gave Sattriya Nritya its due recognition as one of the
classical dance forms of India, alongside the other seven forms.
    Sattriya may be classified       and grouped as follows: 1. dramatic