Srimanta Sankaradeva’s teachings still relevant, says event organiser

The Assamese community in Bangalore has formed a chapter of the Sankaradeva Movement to assist Trend MMS, a cultural trust, to showcase the multifacted genius of Srimanta Sankaradeva, the propagator of ‘ eksarana naamdharma ’ or Mahapurshiya dharma (a Vaishnava faith).

He was a playwright, poet, composer, litterateur, painter, and communicator of Assam and his works have been influencing the Assamese way of life, both religious and socio-cultural for the past six centuries.

On June 1 in Bangalore, the community will project how this legend ushered in a socio-cultural renaissance in Assam in the 15th-16th centuries through music, art and literature.

Shyamkanu Mahanta, the event’s chief organiser said sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his dansuese wife Subhalakshmi Barooah Khan, who hails from Assam, would give a special musical tribute on the occasion at the Chowdiah Memorial Hall.

Mr. Mahanta said the objective behind organising regular annual events in different parts of the country was to convey the message that historically, Assam’s social fabric was that of equality and harmony.

Incidents like clashes between Bodos and Muslims in the land Territorial Area District or the G.S. Road molestation case due to which Assam was in the headlines for the wrong reasons, were only aberrations. He said distinguished writer U.R. Ananthamurthy would be the chief guest at the Bangalore event.

Describing Sankaradeva as “an eminent world citizen,” actor Victor Banerjee, the brand ambassador of the ‘Sankaradeva Movement’ said the teachings and ideals of this 15th century Vaishnavite saint were relevant for the entire world as they emphasised social harmony and an egalitarian society.

Yugantar Saikia, coordinator of the Bangalore chapter of the movement, and chapter president Olee Borah said the Assamese community in the country’s IT hub had taken time off for the event.

The first edition of the movement was organised in New Delhi in 2012 in which Union Human Resource Minister Kapil Sibal declared that a chapter on Sankaradeva would be introduced in the NCERT syllabus.

Mr. Mahanta said this would be done during the next NCERT review in 2014.

  • Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his wife Subhalakshmi Barooah Khan will give a special musical tribute

  • The first edition of the movement was organised in New Delhi in 2012