Haricharan Saikia



Born on 3 February 1930 in the village of Gosai Pukhuri in Lakhimpur district of Assam, Shri Haricharan Saikia learnt percussion – playing the Khol – under Nabin Chand Hazarika and Sattriya dance under Moniram Dutta Mukhtiar.
Over a period of time Shri Saikia established himself as a performer and teacher, and trained many dancers in his art. He travelled extensively in Assam to perform in various festivals of music and dance. He participated in dance seminars and conferences including the first Dance Seminar (1958) organized by Sangeet Natak Akademi in New Delhi. Besides his regular teaching, he has presented lecture-demonstrations on Sattriya dance and music and has conducted workshops in the dance for young students.
He has received appreciation for curating exhibitions on Sattriya dance, music, and theatre in several Sattras on the Majuli island. He has created a number of dance-dramas and Chali Nach items which have been presented in well-known dance festivals. His work was recorded for the archives of Sangeet Natak Akademi in the early 1970s. He has served as Principal of the Khora Srimanta Sankardeva Kalaparishad, the Sattriya Sangeet Vidyalaya, and the Bihpuria Sangeet Bidyalaya. He has been a teacher at the Dizo Music School and the Lakhimpur Music School. Shri Saikia has received several honours for his work including a Gold Medal (1954) and the title 'Bayan' from Chandrahash Goswami Sattradhikar (1955).
Shri Haricharan Saikia receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Tagore Award for his contribution to Sattriya dance.