Srimanta Sankardeva

  • He was a Vaishnavite, social and religious reformer during 15th-16th century
  • He inspired Bhakti Movement in Assam
  • His ideas was based on Bhagavata Purana
  • He was from Assam
  • Sankaradev is widely credited for developing new forms of music (Borgeet); theatrical performances(Ankia Naat, Bhaona); dance form (Sattriya), and literary language namely Brajavali.
  • His teachings are credited to have integrated different castes and groups of people in Assam into one cultural unit.
  • Why in news? Assam government is developing his birth place into an international tourist spot.

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