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Thursday, November 27, 2014

National seminar on Srimanta Sankaradeva's Contributions 2014

National Seminar on Srimanta Sankardeva's Contributions, Madhupr Than (Nov 23, 2014)

A National Seminar on Srimanta Sankaradeva's Contributions was held in Madhupur Than, Kochbehar under the aegis of Society for Srimanta Sankaradeva on November 23, 2014. Several scholars from both Assam and West Bengal spoke on the life and works of Srimanta Sankaradeva in the event. The scholars from West Bengal were Prasenjit Barman, former MP and Member of Kochbehar Debottar Trust, Himadri Sankar Bhattacharjee of Kochbehar, Dr Nripendra Nath Paul of Kochbehar, and Dr Sachindra Nath Roy of Kochbehar. Prasenjit Barman said that history of West Bengal was incomplete without Srimanta Sankaradeva. It was suggested by Dr Sachindra Nath Roy that a centre of research on Srimanta Sankaradeva be set up in Madhupur Than. Himadri Sankar Bhattacharjee said that the priests of Kochbehar even now recited verses composed by the saint.

There were numerous suggestions by the participants to make Madhupur a centre of attraction. Extention of Railway line and setting up of a Railway station was demanded for Madhupur. It was opined that the works of Srimanta Sankaradeva be translated to Bengali. The scholars attending the event said in unison that Srimanta Sankaradeva did not belong to Assam alone. Prasenjit Barman declared that the saint belonged to the world. Sachindra Nath Roy said that a central university should be set up in Madhupur so that the glory of this place spreads far.

Dr Kandarpa Kumar Deka, Vice Chancellor of Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankaradeva Viswavidyalaya inaugurated the seminar. He said that the multi-faceted contributions of the saint had no match. An exhibition of Sanchipat, Masks etc was held as a part of the event. It was inaugurated by Rajanikanta Dutta, Padadhikar of Srimanta Sankardeva Sangha. He appreciated the works of the Society and assured that Sangha would stand beside the Society in its effort to spread the message of Srimanta Sankardeva. The seminar was attended by Jitendra Pradhani, the newly elected President of Asom Sattra Mahasabha and Babul Bora, Chief Secretary of Srimanta Sankaradeva Sangha. Eminent author, Dr Karabi Deka Hazarika, Professor of Assamese, Dibrugarh University also participated in the seminar. Lakhikanta Mahanta, Sattradhikar of Madhupur Than, Padma Mahanta, Sattradhikar, and Bhabendra Nath Deka, Upa-Padadhikar of Srimanta Sankardeva Sangha also attended the event. Lakhikanta Mahanta lit the ceremonial lamp to start the proceedings. He expressed great satisfaction over the event and exhorted people of Assam to take care of the Madhupur Than.

There was a Lecture-cum-demonstration of Sattriya Nritya by Prateesha Suresh from Mumbai in the event. Eminent artist Pabitrapran Bora performed Sutradhari Nritya. Manoj Kumar Das of Barpeta gave solo Khol recital. Kamal Krishna Barua, Pranjit Boruah, and Lalita Barman, artists of Srimanta Sankaradeva Sangha performed different items of Sankari dance and music. Ranjan Bezbaruah recited Totay and also a Sanskrit translation of Bargeet in the event. The promo-version of a CD by him was also released in the event. The devotees of Sankardev Namghar, Kokrajhar performed Nam-Kirtan. The local devotees of Madhupur also performed Nam-Kirtan.

Dr Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti, President of Society for Srimanta Sankaradeva conducted the seminar. Earlier he hoisted the flag of the society. He said in his concluding comment that history of Assam and West Bengal were closely linked and the role of Srimanta Sankaradeva was crucial for West Bengal too. Hence West Bengal government should introduce life and works of Srimanta Sankaradeva in the curriculum, he said. Pradip Hazarika, co-ordinator of Society for Srimanta Sankaradeva compered the event. Palash Pratim Bora, an active member of the society offered vote of thanks. He hoped that the movement started by Society for Srimanta Sankaradeva would snowball to a mass movement.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sangai Festival - promoting Manipur

Cultural dance at Sangai Festival (photo - sangaifestival.gov.in)

Sangai Festival, also known as Tourism Festival until 2010, is named after the shy and gentle brow-antlered deer popularly known as the Sangai Deer, which is the state animal of Manipur.

The festival is organised by Manipur Tourism Department every year and generally held from November 21 to 30 in Imphal, Manipur. The Festival strives to showcase and promote the best of what the state has to offer to the world in terms of art and culture, handloom, handicrafts & fine arts, indigenous sports, cuisines & music, eco & adventure sports as well as the scenic natural beauty of the land.

Apart from showcasing the culture of Manipur, the festival also conducts other events like fashion shows, rock shows, etc and participation of various Indian States, foreign traders and cultural troupes make it grand in scale and style. According to the Manipur tourism department, the Sangai Festival is the right venue for innovative people with innovative ideas meet on a common platform.

Fore more info about the festival, location, accommodation and other details visit the festival's official website - www.sangaifestival.gov.in.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

North East Festival 2014

 North East Festival 2014 | November 7-10, 2014

Event - North East Festival 2014 

WHEN
November 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th, 2014
WHERE
IGNCA, Janpath, New Delhi, India
Entry
Free
CONTACT
Phone: +91 (011) 23388155
Email: directoradmn.ignca@gmail.com
MORE INFO AT
www.northeastfestival.com
INFORMATION
To reduce the regional gaps and to celebrate the essence of North East India, NORTH EAST FESTIVAL will be organized on 7th to 10th November, 2014 at IGNCA Ground, Janpath, New Delhi. Considered as the biggest ever festival on North East Region in the National capital, The event is aimed to highlight the positive aspects of the region which is so full of talents, resources and success stories.

For more info Click Here

Monday, October 20, 2014

Kalpana Patowary releases the first music video from 'The Sacred Scriptures of Monikut' album

Kalpana Patowary

Assamese singer and songwriter Kalpana Patowary recently released her new album 'The Sacred Scriptures of Monikut' dedicated to the vaishnavite saint and social-religious reformer Mahapurush Srimanta Shankardeva and his deciple Sri Sri Madhabdev. Apart from Patowary herself, the album also features celebrated musicians like Trilok Gurtu, Rewben Mashangva, Angarag Papon Mahanta and Zubeen Garg.

The music video Hey Prano Bandhu is one of the songs from the album. The song is dedicated to the Madhupur Dham in Cooch Behar, the 400 year old relic built in the 16th century in honor of Srimanta Sankardev when he made his last journey to Cooch Behar in 1489.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A seminar on Sankari culture in Madhupur Dham, West Bengal

Seminar on Srimanta Sankaradeva's contributions
Seminar on Srimanta Sankardeva's Contributions - Nov 23, 2014 

Event - Seminar on Srimanta Sankardeva's Contributions

Invitation letter - seminar on Srimanta Sankaradeva's contributionsA seminar on Srimanta Sankardeva's cultural works and Sankari culture will be held in the premises of Madhupur Than in West Bengal on Sunday, November 23. The event is hosted by Society for Srimanta Sankaradeva, a community organisation in Guwahati, Assam engaged in promoting universal fraternity preached by Assam's Vaishnava saint Srimanta Sankaradeva. Several scholars from Kochbehar will speak on the life and works of Srimanta Sankaradeva in the seminar.

Eminent Sattriya Nritya exponent Sharodi Saikia along with several artists of Srimanta Sankaradeva Sangha will attend the event. A lecture-cum-demonstration of Sattriya Nritya will be held by Prateesha Suresh from Mumbai in the seminar. Eminent artist Pabitrapran Bora, who is also the Cultural Secretary of Srimanta Sankaradeva Sangha will perform 'Sutradhari Nritya' introduced by Sankaradeva. Manoj Kumar Das of Barpeta, who has performed in many places of India will perform solo Khol (Assamese musical instrument introduced by Sankardeva) recital.

The Madhupur Than, popularly known as Madhupur Dham is known for precious relics of both Srimanta Sankaradevadeva and Madhavadeva. It was founded in the 16th century by Madhavadeva on the instruction of Srimanta Sankaradevadeva. Off late Madhupur Than is facing many problems including encroachment. From a 400 'bigha' compound now it has been reduced to a mere 16 bigha compound. The seminar is looking forward to start a campaign and create awareness on the importance of Madhupur Dham.

When? - November 23, 2014
Where? - Madhupur Dham, Cooch Behar, Koch Bihar, India
More - www.sankaradeva.com

Monday, September 1, 2014

Shillong Chamber Choir performs at Kaun Banega Crorepati - season 8

Shillong Chamber Choir performing at KBC 8

Shillong Chamber Choir mesmerizes the audience with their soulful performance as they sing a medley of evergreen songs of Bollywood followed by a patriotic song at the opening ceremony of KBC 8 which was aired on Sony TV on August 17 at 8:30 p.m. The ceremony was held LIVE at the Surat International Exhibition and Convention. The highlight of the show was the interaction between Amitabh Bachchan and the choir bringing about national integration through music. The choir sang ‘Vande Mataram’, a song written & composed by Neil Nongkynrih, as a concluding act.

Watch the video
Shillong Chamber Choir's mesmerizing performance - KBC 8