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Srimanta Sankaradeva Movement captured imagination of Bangaloreans

It was a moment of joy for all Assamese staying in Bangalore on Saturday, 1st June, 2013. It was the day, the efforts by many Assamese people to stage Srimanta Sankaradeva to the Bangaloreans came to life. It was a dream come true for the oraganizers of SSMBC (Srimanta Sankaradeva Movement bangalore Chapter) when the local Bangaloreans appreciated the programme and the culture and vision initiaved by the Gurujona.

On the rainy evening of 1st June, the legendary Chowdiah Memorial Hall in Bangalore, witnessed the extravaganza of Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, son-in-law of Assam. He and his wife Subhalakshmi Barooah Khan spoke about the Guru and it was a moment of soothing when the living legend ran his fingers on his Sarod. His fusion with Bihu tune took all audeinces to their feet and finally magnetizing performance ended with a standing ovation from all the audiences in the hall. Then followed beautifully sang Bargeets (Holy Songs written and composed by Srimanta Sankaradeva) and tradition folk "Tokari-geets" by vetran singer Papon (Angaraag Mahanta) and popular Assamese new generation singer Joi Baruah's true fusion. Victor banerjee's mesmerizing voice added colors to the event. The well directed "Chordhora Jhumura" (a Drama-Dance form created by Sankaradeva) by Dr Nirupama Mahanta with dancers of all age groups took every attentions of the guests in the event. The event left no stone unturned to give a taste of the Genius saint's talent and his broad social vision to the guests. A documentary by remowned film director Sanjib Sabhapandit and a souvenir-book on the Srimanta Sankaradeva provided the much needed informtation about the saint, scholar, artists and social reformer of 15th century.

The "Sankaradeva Movement" is an initiative started by a private organization "Trend MMS" from Assam aims to popularize the teachings and talents of Srimanta Sankaradeva. Bangalore was the second step of this movement after it's successful Delhi initiative. Many renowned personalities from Karnataka including Union Minister and former Chief Minister Verappa Moily, Jnanpith Awardee Dr. Chandrashekhara Kambara, etc were among the guests of the event. The event was definitely a big leap towards bringing the extra-ordinary saint from Assam to national focus.

More photgraphs on the event can be viewed here (

Posted by : Abhijit
Dated : 2013-06-03
Place : Bangalore