Jogen Dutta Bayan



Born on 1 July 1940 in Burha Kalita village in Jorhat district of Assam, Shri Jogen Dutta Bayan represents the tradition of dance an d music nurtured in the Vaishnava Sattras. He was admitted to the Uttar Kamalabari Sattra on Majuli island at an early age, and received training in the chance and music practised there under Gurus Paramananda Borbayan, Loknath Borbayan, Seniram Borbayan, Jurarn Ozah, Roseshwar Saikia Bayan, and Bishnu Chandra Dev Goswami. Among the subjects he mastered are Ojhapali, Ankiya, and Sanglap, besides Nrirya and Bayan.
Shri Jogen Dutta Bayan is well known today as a performer and teacher of Sattriya dance and the Khol drum. He has performed outside the Sattra since his early youth, exhibiting the traditional art in various parts of the country. In 1975, he was a member of the Ankiya Bhaona troupe which performed in Indonesia, accompanying President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmad on his visit to that country. He has performed extensively within Assam, and demonstrated Sattriya performance at seminars in Guwahati and Calcutta. He has imparted training in dance and music at a number of Sattras, chief among these being the Bengenati Sattra, the Garamur Sattra, the Madhya Majuli Kamalabari Sattra, the Bhugpur Sattra, and the Auniati Sattra. He has also taught at other institutions such as the Bongshigopal Narya Samiti, the Srirmanta Sankardev Kala Parishad, and the Majuli Kamalabari Kendriya Sangeet Mahavidyalaya.
For his service to the arts of the Sattra, Shri Jogen Dutta Bayan has received felicitations from the Government of Assam on many occasions. He was conferred the title of Borbayan by the Madhya Majuli Kamalabari Sattra in 1999.
Shri Jogen Dutta Bayan receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Sattriya dance.