MAJULI, March 26 - A workshop on wood carving based on Sattriya tradition, which got under way on March 1 at Natun Kamalabari Sattra here, concluded today.
The workshop was organised by the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal, in collaboration with Natun Kamalabari Sattra, Majuli. It was inaugurated by the sattradhikar of Natun Kamalabari Sattra, Narayan Chandra Deva Goswami, at the IGRMS Cultural Interpretation Centre, Kamalabari Sattra, Majuli.
A number of dignitaries and local people of the river island attended the inauguration programme.
From Day One of the workshop, it was visited by a large number of scholars, artists and people from various places.
According to Prafulla Barua, local coordinator, Natun Kamalabari Sattra, 12 wood carvers from different districts and sattras of the State demonstrated their skills of wood in the workshop.
The workshop continued at the centre for a period of 26 days and wooden images of gods and goddesses, mythical figures and sacred wooden receptacles were displayed in the great Vaishnavite institution founded by Srimanta Sankaradeva and Madhabdeva in the 15th century AD.
At the closing ceremony, Sattradhikar Narayan Chandra Goswami hoped that such workshops would motivate and inspire artisans to hone their skills on the one hand and help strengthen the Vaishnavite religion and Assamese culture on the other.