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. The dance form evolved and expanded
as a distinctive style of dance later on. This neo-Vaishnava treasure of
Assamese dance and drama has been, for centuries, nurtured and preserved
with great commitment by the Sattras i.e. Vaishnava maths or
monasteries. Because of its religious character and association with the
Sattras, this dance style has been aptly named Sattriya.