Shankardeva Movement

Shankardeva Movement

To promote the unique culture of Assam, Assamese egalitarian society and Assam's greatest icon Mahapurush Srimanta Sankaradeva across India, the programme "Srimanta Sankaradeva Movement" was conceptualized. The first edition of the Movement was held in New Delhi in September 2012 and the second edition was organized recently in Bengaluru in June 2013. The movement is considered one of biggest event of Assam outside North East. Both the events got huge media in both local and national media. Legendary actor Mr. Victor Banerjee is the brand ambassador of the movement.

The Delhi edition was attended by Mr. Tarun Gogoi, Hon'ble CM of Assam, Mr. Kapil Sibal, then Hon'ble Union HRD Minister, Mr. PS Ghatowar, Hon'ble DoNER Minister, Mr. Chandan Brahma, Hon'ble Minister Tourism, Govt. of Assam, Gen (Retd.). S.K Sinha, former Governor of Assam, eminent actor Shabana Azmi, MPs, members of Planning commission, officials of Ministry of DoNER, National Schools of Drama, Sangeet Natak Academy, Faculties and students of various Delhi based colleges etc. The event comprised an Audio Visual Documentary on Sankaradeva followed by a Dance Drama "Chordhora Jhumura". One major outcome of Delhi edition was the declaration by Hon'ble HRD Minister Sri Kapil Sibal that from next academic session a chapter on Srimanta Sankaradeva would be included in NCERT course. The success story was covered in both national and regional media.

The Bengaluru edition of Srimanta Sankaradeva Movement was more large and spectacular. The event comprised of a docu-feature on Srimanta Sankaradeva, dance-drama "Chordhora Jhumura", musical tribute to Sankaradeva by legendary sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, and musical performance by two popular Assamese singers Angarag Mahanta and Joi Barua. 

Attending dignitaries of the programme were Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dr. VeerappaMoily, legendary Kannada writer and Jnanpith Awardee Chandra shekharaKambara, Hon'ble Ministers of Karnataka Dr. SR Patil and Mr. Gundu Rao, noted Assamese writer and Sahitya Academy Awardee Dr. Lakhinandan Bora, noted dramatist and 'Padmasree' Arun Sarmah. Dr. Veerappa Moily who was very impressed after seeing the dance drama 'Chordhora Jhumura' opined "these are the Cultural Ambassadors from the youngest one to the oldest one should be representing India across the world". He also appreciated the organizers for conducting such cultural event showcasing culture and heritage. He mentioned that Assam has a strong history of culture and social harmony which needs to be promoted across the country.

The Mumbai Edition of Srimanta Sankaradeva Movement was organised on 18th May, 2014 at NCPA Mumbai. It was a day long event. In the morning a discussion on Relevance of Sankaradeva in Modern India was attended by leading scholars, intellectuals and media. Hon'ble Governor of Assam presided 

the function which was addressed by leading luminaries including Actor Victor Banerjee, Actor Adil Hussain, leading Business man Mr. Ranjit Barthakur,  IPS Officer and Flim maker Mr. Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta, Commissioner (Culture) Govt of Assam Mr. SwapnilBaruah, President of Assam Sattra Mahasabha, the Apex Bodies of Sattras of Assam Mr. L. K. Mahanta, eminent writer Dr. Sunil Kothari etc. During the function a booked "Sattriya, the Classical dance of Assam was released by Governor of Assam.

The evening Cultural Programme was organised at famous Jamshed Bhaba Theatre of NCPA was attended by thousands of people. The evening performance was dedicated to Sankaradeva and the unique culture of Assam. Famous Maratha Classical singer Ashwini Bhide Deshpande and Bhajan Samrat Anup Jalota performed Borgeet, followed by performance by Legendary Hari Haran, Music Director Pritam, Bhojpuri Queen Kalpana Patowary, Violinist Sunita Khound, top Assamese singer Zubin Garg etc. Dance Drama Chordhora Jhumura was also performed during the event directed by Dr. Nirupoma Mahanta and acted by famous actress of Assam Barasharani Bishoya, Tanvi Sarma, Sattriya exponent Dr. Mallika Kandali, Dr. Meernanda Borthakur etc. 

Sankaradeva Movement, Mumbai initiatives got widespread publicity in Mumbai media.