Bhaona

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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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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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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Special features of Srimanta Sankaradeva’s institution and practices

Srimanta Sankaradeva founded a new order named Eka Sarana Nâma Dharma. This nomenclature itself defines his ideology. Eka Sarana means refuge in one entity alone. That is none but lord Krishna, who is identified with the supreme absolute Brahman in this order.1 This idea of taking refuge in only one entity precludes worship of any …

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Aharya of Ankiya Bhaona

Srimanta Sankaradeva was the first playwright in all modern Indian languages. It started with his play Chihna-yatra, which was enacted in 1468 AD at Bordowa in front of 10,000 audience. His plays are known as Ankiya play. Enactment of the Ankiya plays authored by Srimanta Sankaradeva and his successor-disciple Madhavadeva is called Bhaona. Many plays …

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