Dr. Mallika Kandali is one of the few leading exponents of the Sattriya dance tradition who holds a Ph.D. in this dance form. Her thesis was titled ‘The Sattriya and the Odissi Dances: A Comparative Study.’ Dr. Kandali has authored three books on Sattriya, two in Assamese and one in English. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, R.G. Baruah College, Guwahati, Assam. She is also a Visiting Professor at the Department of Performing Arts, Dibrugarh University and Srimanta Sankaradeva University, Assam. Dr. Kandali is the Director of Parampara Pravah, a reputed Sattriya Dance institution of Assam.