About Guru Dr. Devika P. Borthakur
Dr. Devika Borthakur has been professionally involved in the field of Art and Culture from last 15 years. She has completed a research work (PhD) on Performing Arts on the topic ‘A comparative study of two classical dance forms of India: Bharatnatyam and Sattrīyā’ from Dibrugarh University, Assam under the guidance of Sahitya Akademi Awardee Late Guru Dr. Kesavananda dev Goswami. Recently she has been awarded Fellowship from Ministry of Culture as Outstanding Person in Sattriya field. July 2017. (Jr. Fellowship). She has also received Bharatnatyam training from Sangeet Natak Akademi Award winner Guru Dr. Sucheta Chapekar and completed M.A in Dance at under her at Lalit kala Kendra, Pune University. Devika has qualified UGC NET on Performing Arts.
She is putting efforts to establish Sattriya Dance form in Pune, one of the most cultured places of India. Many non Assamese dancers are learning Sattriya Dance under her which is a great achievement for Sattriya Form. Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune is introducing Sattriya Courses in Different modules, which is a unique step, making Bharati Vidyapeeth the first-ever institution in the country to offer Sattriya course outside Assam. She is presently working as an Assistant Professor in Performing Arts Dept. Bharati Vidyapeeth University.
Devika has learned Sattriya from her childhood at her home town Biswanath Chariali Assam under Guru Shri Gopal Krishna Goswami. At present she is learning new compositions of Sattriya dance under Ustad Bishmilla Khan Yuva Purashkar Awardee Guru Sri Naren Baruah of Uttar Kamalabari Sattra. She has established A Dance institute in Pune Called ‘ADI’ (Art of Dance in India) where many students are learning Sattriya , Bharatnatyam and Creative Dances.
At National Devika is Performing and promoting Sattriya and receiving accolades from scholars. A few prestigious festivals are Nritya Pravah, Nrtiya- Parva , Organised by Sangeet Natak Akademi Delhi. Nritya Stuti – Sattriya Dance Event , Sangeet Natak Akademi, Delhi, National Film Festival ‘ Ishanya Chitra’ organized by National Film Archives of India and SICEC, Performed at Assam Festival, Mumbai, organized by Ministry of Tourism, Assam and Maharashtra, Invited to Participate in Devdasi Dance Festival, Orissa etc.