Guwahati: Assam’s eminent dancer and Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee Garima Hazarika passed away on Friday. His family members gave this information. Hazarika was battling old age related ailments. She was 83 years old. Hazarika is survived by her son, daughter-in-law and a grandson. Her husband Krishnamurthy Hazarika was also a noted classical dancer. Garima Hazarika was also proficient in Odissi and Kathak dance forms.
The Sattriya dance form under the classical dance tradition was earlier confined to the ‘Satra’ or Vaishnava monasteries and was practiced by men. Hazarika took this tradition of dance to the world and popularized it among women. He worked tirelessly with the help of eminent scholar Maheshwar Niog to train him to perform it on stage. Hazarika is also credited with designing the costumes for the Sattriya dance in a more appropriate form for the stage.
Hazarika started learning Kathak from Guru Charu Bordoloi from a very young age and later learned the nuances of Satriya from Guru Rosheshwar Saikia of Kamalabari Satra and Borbayan Ghana Kanta Bora. She studied at the Delhi School of Art and lived in the national capital till 1968.
Hazarika was a choreographer in 16 Assamese films. She was actively involved in choreography, stage and costume designing in various theaters of the state and composed 16 dance plays for performances. The eminent dancer was honored with several awards including Sangeet Natak Akademi, Assam Shilpi Divas and Assam Natya Sammelan Award.
Condoling the death of Hazarika, Chief Minister Himanta Vishwa Sharma said that the state has lost a prominent cultural personality. “I pray for the departed soul to rest in peace and express my deepest condolences to the bereaved family,” he said. Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, in his condolence message, said Hazarika’s lifelong dedication to the field of dance enriched the cultural landscape and his death was a great loss to the state.
FIRST PUBLISHED : August 05, 2022, 20:35 IST