Chihna-Yâtrâ

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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Than & Sattra institution : a living heritage of Sankaradeva legacy  

  The Thân or Sattra institution is a living heritage bequeathed to the posterity by Srimanta Sankaradeva (1449 AD – 1568 AD). Unlike most heritages, which are long dead, the Thân or Sattra institution continues to be a vibrant one. Earlier, it was known only as Thân. Later on the name Sattra also came to be used. The …

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Common socio-economic perspectives of Srimanta Sankaradeva and Guru Nanak

  The holy land of Bharatavarsha, a wider concept than the present-day India, has seen emergence of many saints and reformers over the milleniums. But there have been very few who have revolutionized the entire socio-economic scenario of their respective regions together with religious movements, like Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankaradeva (1449-1568) and Guru Nanak (1469-1539) did. …

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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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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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Place of Srimanta Sankaradeva in All-India Perspective

Study about the life and works of Srimanta Sankaradeva is of great academic importance in Assam. The father of Assamese nation, Srimanta Sankaradeva is revered by people from all walks of life in Assam. The literary and cultural contributions by the saint continue to influence the modern creative works. But strangely very little is known …

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Role of Thâns and Sattras in spreading education

The Thâns and Sattras have played a crucial role in shaping the Assamese society. This institution created by Srimanta Sankaradeva in the medieval era helped Assam and the Assamese in getting modernised, in getting rid of medieval evils. One of these activities carried out by the Thâns and Sattras included the crucial task of spreading …

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