Preservation and Promotion

3 Nov. 2003 – National Seminar on Sankaradeva at New Delhi; Inaugurated by Dr (Smt) Kapila Vatsyayan; Sattriya Dance Recital – inaugurated by Mamoni Raisom Goswami.

8 April 2004 – Sadbhavana Divas – in memory of Raseswar Saikia Borbayan and the first anniversary of Srimanta Foundation at Rabindra Bhawan, Guwahati.

Nov 2004 – Sattriya Dance Recital in commemoration of Prof Maheswar Neog at District Library, Guwahati ; Chief Guest – Smt Sonal Mansingh, Chairman, Sangeet Natak Akademi ; Guest of Honour – Shri Jayanta Kastuar, Secretary, Sangeet Natak Akademi

8 April 2005 – Second Foundation Celebration at Jorhat Theater Hall, Jorhat. The programme was dedicated to the hallowed memory of Late Sri Sri Pitambar Deva Gadmuriya Sattradhikar Goswami

June 2005 – Sattriya Dance commemorating late Prof S N Sharma at Guwahati – the programme was jointly organized with Assam Academy.

July 2005 – Sattriya Dance in Regional Research Labrotary, Jorhat and at Sivasagar.

Sept., 2005 – Sattriya Dance Recital with Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan at Bangalore.

20 Nov. 2011 – Homage to Bhupen Hazarika – programme organised at Guwahati.

5 June 2013 – Ram Bijoy Bhaona at Dubia, Gohpur on the occasion of World Environment Day.

4 April 2014 – Ram-Vijay, Ankiya Bhaona by the tea community at Rajgarh, Dibrugarh district.

2 June 2014 – Shardhagya – A Tribute to Dr Jaganath Mahanta, Sattriya exponent and practitioner.

9 & 10 Aug 2014 – Showing ‘Yugadrashta – the Visionary’, the award winning film on Pitambor Deva Goswami at three places viz., Dibrugarh, Sivsagar and Jorhat.

14 Nov 2014 – Showing ‘Yugadrashta – the Visionary’, at the Mass Communication Department, Tezpur University.

2 June 2014 – Shardhagya – A Tribute to Dr Jaganath Mahanta, Sattriya exponent and practitioner.

1 Jan 2015 – Presented ‘Ram-Vijay’ bhaona, performed by Sri Sri Kawoimari Sattra, Dhitaipukhuri, Sivsagar at the Purva Tirupathi Balaji Mandir Complex, Betkuchi, Guwahati.

17 Feb. 2015 – Discussion on ‘Setubandha 2015 – The Process’ at the Guwahati Press Club, Guwahati.

2 March 2015 – As a process for Setubandha 2015, had organized a lecture on ‘Axomiyar Xatta Nirmanat Kamrup-Kamatar Oitjyor Abodan’ at B N College, Dhubri.

26 July 2015 – ‘Srijoni’r Nritya Araghya’, a programme of Sattriya dance and music organized in collaboration with Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi in the Azad Bhawan Auditorium in New Delhi.



Setubandha Programme

While pursuing ‘what we do’ we engage ourselves with the society in a process of bridge building with the aim of building up the Social Security and Capital of our society through conscious formulated plans and programmes to work for a harmonious society.


The Background

Setubandha as a Programme started in 2003 for the first time when Srimanta Foundation collaborated with the Assam Sattra Mahasabaha (ASM) to organise it in Guwahati. Subsequently after that the ASM continued to organise the programme after every two years in various parts of the Assam.

In 2012 Setubandha was once again conceived by Srimanta Foundation and this time with a new thinking. Emphasizing more on the process and with the focus of building Social Security and Capital and making it more effective, its two important innovations were :

(i) Transliteration of some of the literary works of Srimanta Sankardeva and his disciples into Bodo and Mising languages for performance

(ii) Post Setubandha Follow-up work i.e., continuity of the learning of such performances and promoting cross-cultural learning i.e., respective communities learning the folk performances of another community.

With these two innovations Setubandha 2012 was organised jointly with the ASM at the AEI playground at Chandmari from 2 nd to 4 th march 2012. The Setubandha 2013 Programme evolved from the follow-up work and was organised at Gopalpur in Gohpur, Sonitpur district from 27 to 29 December 2013 and later in 2015 because of the need for organising a Setubandha Programme in the western reaches of Assam, we had organised the same in Dhubri district on 14 & 15 March 2015.


Setubandha – From programme to process

Of the four places viz., Jengraimukh in Majuli (Jorhat), Tamulpur (Baksa), Gohpur (Sonitpur) and Kakopathar (Tinsukia) from where the artists came for the Setubandha 2012 Programme, very active follow-up work has been pursued in two places viz., Jengraimukh and Gohpur. Our follow-up led to the formation of Sanskritik Missions. These missions are the local chapters, the extension of the Trust at the grassroots, manned by local people of the area. In fact Setubandha 2013 was a fall out of our follow-up work in Gohpur or our Jengraimukh Sanskritik Mission is an outcome of Setubandha 2012.

With the innovation of the Follow-up Work of post Setubandha 2012, it has been very effective in being able to forge ahead in achieving the purpose for which Setubandha was originally designed. The conscious follow-up work through the practice of the performing art forms are helping us to interact with them and such engagements are bringing us close to the people thereby developing a very healthy relationship with them. Another very interesting development is that because of the bhaona in Mising and Bodo language, we have identified a very important area of building cross-cultural relationships across communities through exchange of folk art forms of the respective communities. Therefore besides teaching the janajati communities the Sattriya art forms which are classical in nature, the harshas (non Bodos) or the mipaks (non-Mishings) are learning the folk art forms of the respective communities and this is bringing the communities more closer. This process is also helping us to understand the importance of the folk art forms in today’s dynamic environment as well as making the communities feel that their art forms are also meaningful and significant in today’s fast changing world and they feel proud to be a part of the larger Assamese community. Thus, Setubandha for us has become a continuous work and hence is a process.

25 to 28 Sept.,2003 – Setubandha – the programme of bridge building amongst the communities of Assam held for the first time in joint collaboration with the Assam Sattra Mahasabha (ASM) in Guwahati.

2 to 4 March 2012 – Setubandha 2012 at Guwahati – once again jointly with the ASM organised the programme of bridge building amongst the communities of Assam with the innovation of performing bhaona in Mising and Bodo language for the first time in the bhaona history of Assam.

27 to 29 Dec 2013 – Setubandha 2013 at Gopalpur, Gohpur – the programme of bridge building in collaboration with the ASM with bhaona in Bodo and Mising language and other cross-cultural programmes.

14 & 15 March 2015 – Setubandha 2015, the bridge building programme in collaboration with the ASM with a specific emphasis on Celebrating the Kamrup-Kamata Heritage held at Sri Sri Ramraikuthi Sattra, Satrasal of Dhubri district.