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Workshop on "Manuscript Preparation and Painting in Sankari art form"

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A workshop on "Manuscript Preparation and Painting in Sankari art form" was held under the aegis of SOCIETY FOR SRIMANTA SANKARADEVA (SSS) from July 7 to 11 at Dhing College, Dhing. SSS  has already been engaged in global promotion of Sankari literature and culture through their popular website www.sankaradeva.com and different publications, workshops etc. Mridu Moucham Bora, who has earned reputation as preservation expert of Manuscripts as well as painter of Sankari art form, was the trainer in the workshop. Dr Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti, President of SSS inaugurated the workshop on July 7, 2013. He highlighted the need for commercial production of the paintings of Sankari art form in order to make this art form popular and economically viable. Co-ordinator of SSS Pradip Hazarika elaborated the activities of SSS.

Total 39 learners from different parts of Assam underwent training in the workshop. They were taught about the process of preparing the fine leaves where manuscripts were written and painted in the medieval era. Next the participants were taught the art of painting with Hengul and Haital. They were given hands-on training to handle these substances as well as prepare those from raw materials themselves. All of them successfully drew paintings on Sanchipat, which were later exhibited in the valedictory function. They were given a beautifully designed certificate on the completion of the five day workshop. They were given a beautiful certificate on completion of the five day course. Their names are :

1 NANDINI NILAM

2 GIRISH CH MAHANTA

3 UJJAL SAIKIA

4 NAYANA BORA

5 DIPSHIKHA MAZUMDAR

6 MISS LAKHYA JYOTI BORA

7 LIZA DAS

8 JYOTIRMOY DAS

9 JHARNA BHARALI

10 NAYANMONI BORA

11 MINTU KALITA

12 DIBYAJYOTI GOSWAMI

13 BISWAJIT BORA

14 NASRIM SELIMA HUSSAIN

15 DHIRAJ BORA

16 SUMONTO DEORY

17 NIKITA SAIKIA

18 RISHWITA HAZARIKA

19 ABHINOB BORA

20 SHIRSTI NANDA KASHYAP

21 PARASH BORA

22 PRIYANKA BORA

23 NIBEDITA DOLEY

24 HIRONMOYEE DOLEY

25 RUPJYOTI BHARALI

26 MOHAN BORA

27 MANJU RANI KALITA

28 RUMI ARA BEGAM

29 ANURAAG NATH

30 KUMAR DIUCK NATH

31 DEVIKA NATH

32 KASTURIMA NATH

33 RITUL BORA

34 HIMANGSHU SAIKIA

35 PRASANTA SAGAR BORA

36 SUBHANGINI NEOG

37 DEEPAK KALITA

38 DIPUL SAIKIA

39 KAUSTAV MONI SAIKIA

The workshop ended on July 11. The valedictory function was attended by eminent mask artist from Jokai Sattra, Girish Chandra Mahanta, who called upon people to preserve the Sankari art. Principal of Dhing College Dr Sarat Dutta inaugurated the exhibition of paintings. Dr Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti presided over the function. He promised to organize more such workshops if sponsors were available. Mridu Moucham Bora gave a report on the performance by the trainees. More than a hundred distinguished citizens of Dhing attended both the inauguration and valedictory function. Secretary of SOCIETY FOR SRIMANTA SANKARADEVA Neilh Gautam offered vote of thanks.

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