GUWAHATI, March 2 � To strengthen the fabric of society with the teachings of the great Vaishnavite saints who had reached out to all section and communities, �Setubandha 2012� kicked off at AEI Field, Chandmari today.
Organized jointly by Asom Sattra Mahasabha and Srimanta Foundation, the three-day event seeks to promote inter-community brotherhood by providing a platform wherein the ethnic groups, the Sattras and the rest of the people of Assam can become equal stakeholders in the cultural ethos propounded by Srimanta Sankardev.
Addressing the gathering after formally inaugurating the event, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi recalled the contribution of Srimanta Sankardeva towards socio-cultural development of the State and said that the teachings of the Saint will always be relevant. Gogoi said that if people follow the teachings of Sankardev, all inequalities will vanish and the society will progress.
Gogoi further added that terrorism can be eliminated if every individual embraces the teachings of the Vaishnavite saints. Gogoi also stressed the importance of taking the tenets of the Vaishnavite culture to all communities in the State to strengthen unity and amity amongst them.
�Presentation of the performing arts of Sattriya culture in the languages of the different ethnic communities in the State will go a long way in strengthening the foundation of our society,� said Gogoi.
It needs to be mentioned here that bhaonas in Mising, Bodo and Assamese will be presented at the event. Of late there has been an attempt at presenting bhaonas in the ethnic languages and the effort has received warm response from the people.
Apart from the performing arts, there is also an exhibition at the venue that is showcasing the art and craft of Sattriya culture.
The inaugural function was also attended by Minister of State for Water Resources Rajiv Lochan Pegu, president of Asom Sattra Mahasabha Lilakanta Mahanta, and others.