Ankiya play

Spiritual humanist Srimanta Sankaradeva

Srimanta Sankaradeva was a great polymath, who contributed in numerous disciplines. He created a new religious order named Eka Sharana Nāma Dharma, which had many distinctive features. He was not only a religious leader, but also a poet, playwright, textual critic, musician, actor, director, dancer, choreographer, painter, textile designer and so on. He was even …

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Ankiya Play and Bhaona of Srimanta Sankaradeva

Srimanta Sankaradeva (1449-1568 AD) was a leading playwright of Assam as well as India. He set several world records as a playwright and director. His maiden play Chihna yatra launched the movement of regional plays in the modern Indian languages. This play was enacted in 1468 AD at Tembuwani (Bardowa).1 Unfortunately no script of this …

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Aesthatics of Srimanta Sankaradeva

Srimanta Sankaradeva (1449-1568), the founder of the Vaishnavite order Eka Sarana Nāma Dharma was a multi-faceted person whose works had different dimensions. In spite of being a religious preceptor, he included aesthetic activities like Sattriyā dance, Bargeet song, Sankari music, Ankiyā plays, painting and sculpture in his scheme of things. Needless to say, all these …

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Srimanta Sankaradeva in Global Perspective

Srimanta Sankaradeva (1449-1568 AD) was an important personality in the annals of history. He was not only a religious preceptor, but also a social reformer, who sanskritized the ethnic groups of the volatile North East India and assimilated them with the national main-stream of Bharatavarsha through the tools of culture as well as philosophical perspective. …

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Evolution of Assamese Theatre (with special reference to Ankiyā Bhāonā)

Assam had a rich tradition of Assamese folk theatrical elements, though not exactly full-fledged theatre, for several milleniums. Full-fledged Assamese theatre came into being in the medieval times. In fact there had been no full-fledged theatre in any modern Indian languages at all before the advent of Srimanta Sankaradeva in the fifteenth century. It was …

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Mahapurusha Madhavadeva

Madhavadeva’s father Govinda Bhuyan was an accountant of Pratap Rai, the king of Banduka, presently in Rangpur district of Bangladesh. Forefather of Govinda had earlier migrated from Kannauj along with other Bhuyans. Govinda married a girl named Anuchita in Banduka. Anuchita died at an early age leaving an infant son, Damodar. When Damodar grew up, Govinda …

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Vision of Srimanta Sankaradeva

Srimanta Sankaradeva was such a genius, who had no equal either in his contemporary period or in subsequent times. His multifaceted activities have left indelible marks on the socio-cultural sphere of Assam and also some parts of North India. His works encompassed the realm of literature, painting, sculpture, dance, music, drama, architecture, social reform etc. …

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Ethnic Integration by Srimanta Sankaradeva

Srimanta Sankaradeva was a stalwart who strode over the cultural scenario of Assam for more than a century during his life-time in the medieval period. But more importantly, he continues to influence the cultural world even four and a half centuries after his demise. Madhavadeva, Ram Rai, Narayanadas Thakur, Damodaradeva, Ananta Kandali, Ram Saraswati, Kanthabhushana, …

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Srimanta Sankaradeva as an innovator

Srimanta Sankaradeva is generally remembered as a religious preceptor, who founded the Eka Sarana Nâma Dharma order. But that is not his only identity. His activities were not confined to the realm of religion alone. His activities were multi-dimensional. He contributed so many things to the society, or to be more precise to the humanity. …

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Genesis of the classical dance form created by Srimanta Sankaradeva

Srimanta Sankaradeva (1449-1568 AD), the patron saint of the Assamese people was a social reformer besides being the founder of a new religious order Eka Sarana Nama Dharma. He used the tool of culture to preach his socio-religious ideology. One major component of these cultural elements was dance. Dance was embedded as an integral part …

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