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Gayan-bayan in Dakhinapat

Gayan-bayan in Dakhinapat

The 'gayan-bayan' is a traditional performance of the Vaishnav Sattriya tradition. The singer is called 'gayan' and the instrument players are called 'bayan'. The singers use the middle sized cymbals-'tal' or 'patital'. The dancers and singers move, symbolising the movements of a snake. Later the khol (drum) players perform while the singers who are the tal players stand behind them. Sattriya dance and music belong to the Vaishnavite monastery like institutions of Assam. This performance is from the Dakhinpat Sattra.