(Last Updated on : 28/10/2013)
Every element of the Assamese culture, be it the language, traditional crafts, performing arts, festivity and beliefs, there are many other local elements which are always present in a Hinduised / Sanskritised form. Thus, such a culture has given rise to several local traditional art forms, like the Bihu dance and the Ankiya Nat, which are famous in Orissa.
The Bihu is considered as feature of folk dance of Assam and is enjoyed by all sections of society. It is the most popular & colorful folk dance of Assam.
It is believed that Ankiya Nat is a one-act play, initiated by Sankardeva. Shankardeva composed various forms of literary kind of work like Bargeet, Ojha Pali songs and numerous dances, which were incorporated into the dance drama, termed as Ankiya Nat.