Fil decision by Paris on October 10
Exhibition of Brindabani Bastra in Assam
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Sept 27: It makes news that Paris is set to take its fil decision on October 10, 2017 on the issue of sending Brindabani Bastra to Assam for exhibition.
Sharing this piece of information with the people of Assam in a statement issued to the media on Wednesday, State BJP president Ranjit Kumar Dass said: “On September 15, 2017 Guimet Museum authorities in Paris have formally given their approval for sending Brindabani Bastra to Assam for exhibition. The Government of India entrusted Indira Gandhi tiol Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), an independent institution, to take up the matter of bringing Brindabani Bastra to Assam for exhibition with Guimet Museum in Paris where it is preserved. Sachchidand Joshi of IGNCA and its museum department head Dr. Achal Pandiya did talk with the authorities of Guimet Museum in Paris on September 13, 2017. The approval from the museum is the outcome of the talks which the IGNCA authorities had with the museum authorities. Now the ball is in the court of the Cultural Affairs Department of France. The department is going to meet on October 10, 2017 to take the fil decision of Brindabani Bastra.”
Brindabani Bastra is a rare piece of textile depicting some important aspects of Vaishvite traditions as propagated by Srimanta Sankardeva in the State. In his brief stint as the Speaker of the Assam Legislative Assembly, Dass did take initiative to bring Brandabani Bastra to Assam so as to make the people of the State see the 15th century Assam textile piece that had been developed under the direction of the mentor. Dass did visit a number of museums in various countries where the mentor’s textile creations have been preserved.
The Assam Government has undertaken necessary steps for exhibition of Brindabani Bastra in the State. Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal, at a meeting held in December 2016, directed the Cultural Affairs Department to take all measures to hold the exhibition of the Brindabani Bastra, housed in different museums in the world in October 2017.
This unique piece of textile that stands as a catalyst to the Vaishvite traditions in the State was earlier scheduled to be displayed in Assam for three months from October to December, 2017. The State Government has already released Rs 2 crore for the purpose. The Brindabani Bastra is currently in possession of the British Museum and Victoria Albert Museum in London, Guimet Museum in Paris, New Ark Museum in New Jersey, Museum of Venice and Calico Museum of Textile. The cloth housed in the British Museum is the largest in size. The Guimet Museum has two Bastras in its possession. They are made of pure silk with double layered weaving. All these pieces reflect the textile skill of different ages.