Srimanta 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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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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Analysis of the Thân or Sattra institution from the perspective of Economics and Political Science

Srimanta Sankaradeva (1449-1568 AD) was an unprecedented genius in the annals of world history, as he contributed many original works to the humanity. His creations are now parts of our common heritage. One such heritage is the Sattra institution. In his time, it was known as Thân. The institutional complexes set up during his life-time …

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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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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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Rupkonwar Jyotiprasad

Jyotiprasad Agarwala, the doyen of Assamese culture was conferred the popular title Rupkonwar (Prince of beauty) by poet Anandachandra Barua in 1938. It was a befitting title for an artist who had so much of aesthetic sense that people found the word ‘beauty’ synonymous with him. He had a normal feature, a lean and thin …

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Bishnu Prasad Rabha : A neglected genius

Bishnu Prasad Rabha lived in a tumultuous time, when the country was at the height of freedom movement. He was an active participant in that movement. He became so serious in this struggle for freedom that he dedicated his entire life to it. He did not mean freedom to be one-dimensional; it was not freedom …

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