Sattriya dance form:
1. started out as a ritual dance form in the latter part of the Bhakti movement
2. is deeply influenced by bharatnatyam and kuchipudi
3. usually depicts mythological stories
Which among the above is / are correct?

Answer: [B] Only 1 & 3

The Sattriya dance form was introduced in the 15th century A.D by the great Vaishnava saint and reformer of Assam, Mahapurusha  Sankaradeva as a powerful medium for propagation of the Vaishnava faith. Sankaradeva introduced this dance form by incorporating different elements from various treatises,then prevalent dance forms and local folk dances combined with his own rare outlook. Sattriya dance is a clear indication of the influence of the former on the latter. Other visible influences on Sattriya dance are those from Assamese folk dances namely Bihu, Bodos etc Many hand gestures and rhythmic syllables are strikingly similar in these dance forms.

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