Assam: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday took part in the ground-breaking initiative of the Dakhinpat Xatra in Majuli to reproduce the sacred ‘Vrindavani Vastra’ and spun yarn to be used to produce the drape by weavers at the Xatra.
The CM also laid the foundation stone for construction of a Museum at the Xatra by the Cultural Affairs Department of the State government as an endeavor to successfully preserve the valuable artifacts available at the Xatra.
The original ‘Vrindavani Vastra’ was produced in the 16th century by weavers of Assam under the direction of Mahapurush Srimanta Sankardev. The ‘Vrindavani Vastra’ illustrates the childhood activities of Lord Krishna at Vrindavan. Parts of the original drape are presently preserved at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and Guimet Museum in Paris.
Sonowal said that the State government has taken up sincere efforts to bring the ‘Vrindavani Vastra’ back from Britain and Paris and reinstate it in Assam. The Cm also mentioned that the State Cultural Affairs department has already initiated the roadmap to arrange for the display of the sacred drape in Assam.
The Chief Minister conveyed high regard to the initiative of the Dakhinpat Xatra to reproduce the sacred drape. He said that the step taken by the Xatra would facilitate the younger generation to understand the invaluable contribution and legacy of Mahapurush Srimanta Sankardev and introduce them with the unique weaving skill of the Assamese weavers.
Further, the Chief Minister said that Dakhinpat Xatra is a treasure trove of a large number of precious artifacts reflecting the rich socio-religious heritage of the State. He also observed that the initiative taken by the State Cultural Affairs department to build a museum in the Xatra would significantly help in the scientific preservation of the artifacts.
Minister of State (in charge) for Cultural Affairs Naba Kumar Doley, Chairman of Assam Fishery Development Corporation Ramakanta Deuri and social worker Basistha Buzarbaruah also delivered speeches in the program which was presided over by the Xatradhikar of Dakhinpat Xatra Nani Gopal Devgoswami.
Updated by: News Sources 2019-07-08 12:28 PM