Friday, January 28, 2022

Sanskriti Anveshak: Bio-resources of NER: Sustainable Utilization for Entrepreneurship Dev

VKIC’s ongoing Sanskriti Anveshak (SA) Programme on the theme ‘Development through Culture: nature-culture-wellbeing fostering sustainable development’ which is now in its second phase sessions with the focus on ‘Place, People and Practices’.We are happy to invite you for the ninth and concluding session of this series scheduled on 29 January (Saturday) 2022 at 7 pm through the CISCO Webex virtual platform.

Topic: Bio-resources of NER: Sustainable Utilization for Entrepreneurship Development

Speaker:  Dr Mantu Bhuyan, Principal Scientist CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat, Assam

Date: 29 January (Saturday) 2022                  Time: 7:00 pm

Please find here the (link) the invitation for the same along with a brief about the philosophy and perspective of this series with its focus area.  

Meeting number: 2512 045 8955
Password: vkic25

Webex Direct Joining Link

We look forward to your participation.


Sunday, January 23, 2022

VKIC’s 25 Years Celebration with Vivek Murchhana

The celebration of 25 years of the foundation of Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture, Uzan Bazar, Guwahati, commenced here on 23 January (Sunday) 2022 with a musical performance titled ‘Vivek Murchhana’ as an offering to the Almighty.The program anchored by noted classical vocalist Smt Mitali De, witnessed the rendition of acclaimed classical vocalist Sri Jiten Basumatary, followed by a Sarod recital by renowned sarod maestro Sri Tarun Kalita, and a Sattriya dance performance by leading Satriya dance exponent Smt Anita Sharma. She also choreographed Sada Vivekanandamayem rendition in Sattriya form which invited the maximum applause from the audience.Earlier, in his welcome address, Sri Pravin Dabholkar, All India Treasurer, Vivekananda Kendra Kanyakumari and trustee Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture (VKIC) spoke about the intangible service of the VKIC for the past 25 years towards the culture tradition of north eastern India. Addressing the audience Sri Dabholkar said “50 years back Sri Eknath Ranade understood the external threats towards the indigenous culture of this region and thus conceived the VKIC, which primarily works for the people of north eastern India.” He further said that VKIC is a project of the Vivekananda Kendra Kanyakumari which is a spiritually oriented service mission.
 It started this organization in 1996 as a research organization and through its research and documentation activities tries to instill confidence amongst the people of this region towards their indigenous culture and establishes the commonalities of culture within Northeast and with the rest of the country.Kumari Meera Kulkarni, Prant Sangathak,Vivekananda Kendra Kanyakumari, Assam Prant and trustee Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture outlined the various service activities carried out by the Kendra.23rd January also being the birth anniversary of one of the greatest freedom fighters of our times Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose saw the Karyakartas of the Vivekananda Kendra offering an ensemble of the famous marching song Kadam Kadam Badhaye Jaye which filled the atmosphere with a spirit of patriotism.Vivek Murchhana was an ideal Bharateeya Gana sabha which imbibed the spirit of unity of different genre of Indian classical music with the spirit of patriotism in heart and a profound sense of spiritualism in the mind.

Monday, December 25, 2017

5th Dr Minati Hazarika Memorial Annual Lecture

5th Dr Minati Hazarika Memorial Annual Lecture

 Dr. Rita Moni Baishya, Associate Professor of Hindi, Gauhati University delivered the 5th Dr Minati Hazarika Memorial Annual Lecture on December 27, 2017 in VKIC’s W.M. Auditorium. She spoke on ‘Assam’s contribution to the Indian Bhakti Movement.’

According to her the Indian Bhakti Movement was a great process that contributed to the religious and spiritual emancipation of a large mass of people. There are many reasons for its emergence and subsequent growth. One of the reasons cited was the threat of Islamic aggression, which was not the main reason. In the literature and philosophy of the movement one can find much more than a mere response to a particular situation.

The men behind the movement dwelled in different parts of India, and through their words, gave us Bhakti, philosophy as well as literature. 

There were many saints and seekers in India of that time among which were Ramananda, Kabir, Chaitanya who had influence over different parts of Bharat. Many of them are well known throughout the country. However, not much is known about Assam’s Vaishnavite Movement in the same way.

There are two main Margs in the broad Bhakti Movement – the Nirguna and the Saguna. Kabir and Jaishi were among the most famous who believed in the former path. There was also a Sufi tradition in which there existed a relation of love between the devotee and the divine.

He celebrated Gyan and Prem, and considered them integral in his literature. Although there is no such consensus it can still be argued that the Vaishnavites of Sankardeva’s time can be considered as a Sampradaya. Like Sampradayas that grew around other Bhakti traditions, the Vaishnavites of Assam do possess common features spelled out in their beliefs and teachings.

When the contemporary Bhakti saints are compared it is seen that Kabir in particular was very critical of some practices of Hindus and Muslims of his times. He possessed a deep social consciousness. Guru Nanak too had a strong message of devotion for his followers which he expressed through his writings in three languages.

Some of the saints did not write books, which can be found today. But Tulsi Das did write at least eight very important books; some of course believe that he wrote more.

What sets Sankardeva apart from his contemporaries was his strong belief in the idea of Bharatvarsha. His significant writings are replete with references to this land. In times much older, Valmiki did write about events in different parts of Bharat, but the notion of Bharatvarsha as a nation finds mention only in the writings of Sankardeva.  He was foremost in mentioning Assam as a part of Bharat. He was the guru of all the Assamese saints and seekers in the Bhakti tradition.

In the sphere of cultural activities, Srimanta Sankardeva was peerless due to his wide range of contributions. Apart from being a great saint in the Vaishnav tradition, he was a social unifier, great poet, painter, actor, and who also wrote songs and developed a dance form. His output and merit in literature is yet to be fully appreciated.

In order to promote an understanding of the Assamese Bhakti Movement, there is a need for it to be understood by more people in the country. One of the ways could be to have the literature of Assam’s Bhakti movement translated into other languages. It is essential that they are made available in Hindi, so that they can subsequently be translated into other Indian languages.