[Assam] Assamese Culture and Ahom Kings
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Thu Dec 29 11:50:18 EST 2005
Assamese culture may have reached its zenith during Ahom rule, chronologically; But did the rulers help? What culture are we talking about? Culture spread by the Xatras like Bhaona, Xatriya Nritya etc.? If so we cannot give a lot of credit to the Ahom kings' administration for the growth of Assamese culture. Xankardev was practically driven out of Assam to KochBihar and his followers were persecuted by the Ahom kings. Please visit
I believe, despite the Ahom kings, Assamese culture as we know it, grew because of the people living in Assam, not nurtured or patronized by the Ahom kings.
Am I missing something here? Dr. Goswami has done a lot of research and I have not. Could someone who has done research in this area point out where the disconnect is?
Guwahati, Thursday, December 29, 2005
Assamese culture reached its zenith during Ahom rule
>From Our Correspondent
JORHAT, Dec 28 Highlighting the magnanimity of warrior King Chaulung Sukapha in regard to his unique quality of refraining from imposing his diktat on the vanquished, Jnanpith award winner Dr Mamoni Raisom Goswami opined that Assamese culture reached its zenith during the Ahom suzerainty. Making major inroads into someone elses culture, or being able to make a significant dent were obviously more difficult tasks than winning wars on the battlefront, she felt.
Reiterating that, the Ahom age witnessed a cultural renaissance, she also remarked that, co-acting was popularised way back in 1927 at Hajo, whereas it was still an unthinkable proportion in other parts of India at that time.
The academician-cum-litterateur observed as above yesterday evening after formally releasing a childrens educational VCD titled, Seujia Gaddi produced by Parthasarathi Productions at the conference hall of Hotel More International beside the AT Road here.
Recounting interesting tales from Assams chequered history, the intellectual felt, Joymatis character was in fact controversial. Nevertheless, there was enough scope for producing appealing cinematic work or plays on such subjects. Mentioning about characters like Phuleswari Kunwari, Rudra Singha, Gaurinath Singha and Lachit Barphukan, she rued, I am yet to see a lifelike depiction of the great Battle of Saraighat. Is there not a single artist with enough calibre, she questioned.
Earlier, Dr Paramananda Rajbongshi termed the multifaceted 15th century saint reformer Srimanta Sankardeva as the worlds first art guru.
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