Naharlagun, Sep 30: Naam Ghar(s) should be the centre of spirituality and social development, said Governor PB Acharya.
Speaking during the concluding function of the week-long 569th Birth Anniversary celebration of Mahapurush Srimanta Sankardeva at Kristi Kendra in Naharlagun on Saturday, the Governor hoped that the occasion would rekindle the core essence of the great saint Srimanta Sankardeva’s ideology to serve humanity.
Appreciating the Kristi Kendra, Naharlagun for its untiring effort in spreading and popularising the ideals of Sri Sankardeva through it socio-cultural activities in the ‘Naam Ghar’, the Governor shared his concern on the diminishing number of ‘Naam Ghars’ in the region.
He emphasised that the ‘Naam Ghar’, which was first instituted by Srimanta Sankardeva should be centre of spirituality and social development.
In his address, Chairman (APAMB) Ngurang Pinch said that Sankardeva’s time is regarded as the ‘Golden Age’ of Assamese literature, also popularly called ‘Sankari Renanissance’. It is unfortunate that history books outside the region have no reference, he underscored while emphasizing that this rich values of the cultural era must be carried forward.
Stating that culture and traditions are the foundation of a society, Pinch, who inaugurated the Kristi Kendra Pothibhoral (Library) called upon the elders of the society to share their traditional knowledge with the younger generation as their bounded duty.
Prafulla Pran Mahanta, Satradhikar, Alangi Madar Satra, Golaghat, Assam and President, Assam Sattriya Sanskriti Parishad, Assam and appointed speaker Dr Hemchandra Goswami, Deka Satradhikar, Sonaripar Satra, Bihpuria and Principal, Kherajkhat College, Narayanpur, Assam spoke on the contributions, teachings, reforms and ideals of Sri Sankardeva.
Cultural presentations were also held on the occasion.
Highlights of the function were the Dashavatar Nritya and Salu Nritya by the cultural troupe from Narayanpur, Assam and prize distribution for cultural and literary activities conducted in the seven-day celebration.
The Governor was accompanied by his wife Kavita Acharya. (PRO to Raj Bhavan)