Tributes paid to Srimanta Shankardev for his socio-cultural contributions

By A O News Service

: A peace procession along main thoroughfare of market area of this township with a hand-made boat, signifying journey of life, by the Assamese community living in Capital Complex on Tuesday marked the beginning of observation of 571st birth anniversary of Srimanta Shankardev.

It was followed by prasang, nam kirtan, open session on philosophy of Srimanta Shankardev, the greatest socio-cultural ambassador the NE India boasts of in Kristi Kendra here. The winners of drawing competition, themed ‘impacts of climate change’, organized on September 29, essay and quiz completions later, as part of the observation were awarded on the occasion.

Moreover, students of class-X who have secured above 80% marks and class-XII who have secured above 60% marks were felicitated for excelling in their academic performances.

Doimukh MLA Tana Hali Tara and Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board chairman Jalley Sonam were chief and guest of hour of the function.

Srimanta Shankardev, a 15th-16th century Assamese cultural and religious icon, was a saint-scholar, poet, playwright and social-religious reformer. He is widely credited with developing cultural relics and devising new forms of music (Borgeet), theatrical performance (Anika Naat, Bhaona), dance (Sattriya) and literary language (Brajavali). He left behind an extensive literary oeuvre of trans-created scriptures (Bhagavat of Sankardev), poetry and theological works written in Sanskrit, Assamese and Brajavali.

The Bhagavatic religious Ekasaranam Dharam or Neo-Vaishnavite movement launched by him had influenced two medieval Koch and Ahom kingdoms while assembly of devotees he initiated evolved into Sattras over time, which continue to be important socio-religious institutions in Assam and to a lesser extend in North Bengal.

Shankardev inspired Bhakti movement in Assam just like Guru Nanak, Ramananda, Namdev, Kabir, Basva and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu inspired it elsewhere in Indian subcontinent. His literary and artistic contributions are living traditions in Assam today. The religion he preached is practiced by a large population and Sattras set up by his followers continue to flourish and sustain his legacy now.

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