Sankaradeva

Philosophy of Eka Sarana Nāma Dharma embedded in Madhavadeva’s Nāmghoshā

Mahapurusha Madhavadeva’s Nām-Ghoshā is such a book that is at the same time collection of sweet hymns as well as a series of profound philosophical theories of Vivartanavāda pertaining to the Eka Sarana Nāma Dharma order founded by his preceptor Srimanta Sankaradeva. It is upto the readers to choose the objective in reading or reciting, …

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Discourse analysis of Srimanta Sankaradeva’s Kirttana-Ghoshā

Kirttana-Ghoshā is the magnum opus of Srimanta Sankaradeva (1449-1568), the medieval saint litterateur from Assam. Discourse analysis of this classical treatise is a challenging task. It is because discourses are sequences of related utterances or writings, whereas the Kirttana-Ghoshā has several such sequences. We have also to remember historicity in this study. While Srimanta Sankaradeva …

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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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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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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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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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Majuli and its case for world heritage status

Majuli, one of the largest river islands in the world has been in the news for last several years for the consistent bids to the World Heritage Committee, UNESCO for World Heritage status. The World Heritage Committee not only decides whether a property is inscribed on the World Heritage List, but also defines the use …

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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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Taking Srimanta Sankaradeva to global arena

I have always considered Srimanta Sankaradeva as my role model. His multi-faceted contributions fascinate me. Our socio-cuItural lives are permeated by his influence even now. I feel proud that he was born in Assam. But very little was known about him outside Assam till some time ago. It has therefore been my endeavour to let …

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Srimanta Sankaradeva : the pioneer of feminism

It is generally assumed that the English philosopher, John Locke (1632-1704) introduced the concept of feminism in 1689 AD. Locke opposed patriarchal rule and the God-given right of kings. But his theories did not extend to the sphere of home. He believed that women were naturally and voluntarily subservient to their respective fathers and husbands. …

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