GUWAHATI: Noted Xatriya exponent Burha Xatriya of Barpeta Xatra Basistha Dev Sarma has been selected for the national-level Srimanta Sankardev Award, 2017 by the Government of Assam.
Along with the Srimanta Sankardev Award, the State government has also announced Sri Sri Madhavdev Award for the year 2016 and 2019 and Kalicharan Brahma Award for the year 2018 on Friday.
While Xatradhikar of Sri Sri Mayamora Dinjoy Xatra Jugadananda Chandra Goswami has been selected for Sri Sri Madhavdev Award for the year 2016, eminent dance historian, scholar and critic Dr. Sunil Kothari has been selected for the year 2019. Moreover, Xtradhikar of Borongajuli Srimanta Sankardev Xatra of Udalguri Harekrishna Mahanta has been selected for Kalicharan Brahma Award, 2018.
Born in 1938, Burha Xatriya of Barpeta Xatra Basistha Dev Sarma has been working for the promotion of Xatriya dance and music as well as folk culture of the State. Many awards he received include lifetime award for his contribution in the field of culture by Asom Sanskritik Mahasabha, Asom Jatiya Vidyalaya Fellowship, Sri Sri Mathuradas Burha Ata Award, Sri Sri Badala Ata Award and the Sankar-Madhav Award.
Satradhikar Jugadananda Chandra Goswami is an alumnus of St. Antony’s College, Shillong and a retired teacher. He took remarkable steps for recognition of Xatriya dance and music at the national level and preservation of Sanchi manuscripts in the Mayamora Dinjoy Xatra.
Dr. Sunil Kothari has enriched the cultural field of the country with his 12 books on different forms of Indian classical dance and allied forms. He received Padma Shri Award in 2001 and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1995.
Satradhikar of Borongajuli Srimanta Sankardev Satra Harekrishna Mahanta is a known face of Xatriya culture. He is also the recipient of Pitambar Dev Goswami National Award, 2012 and Apurba Singha Award, 2012 and Xatrabhusan title conferred on him by Barpeta Xatra.
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