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Celebration of VKIC Foundation Day 2016

Our 20th Foundation Day was celebrated on January 31 in our Uzan Bazar premises. In the solemn function, Mizo preceptor Puitham Rorelliana was honoured with the prestigious VKIC Sanmaan, for 2016.

Puitham Rorelliana has devoted his life towards protection and promotion of ancient Mizo wisdom, culture, and beliefs among his community. In his endeavour since the time he received enlightenment till present he had to surmount many hurdles; but his ceaseless efforts enabled revival of the early Mizo belief system to a great extent.

Kamakhya Revisited

Kamakhya Revisited

More than a decade after the VKIC completed a documentation project on Kamakhya and its adjoining temples, a new effort is underway to photograph the archaeological objects spread across the temple complex.

Digital photography will now provide better image quality that can be easily stored, accessed and transferred. No less important, the comparison of the new images with earlier ones will reveal how some of the temples and historical objects have undergone changes. One change that was immediately noticed is the way the Mekhelaujowa, the stone pathway connecting the temple with the plains below has witnessed degradation due to various reasons.

Sanatan Dharma Namghar

Sanatan Dharma Namghar

Vibrant facets of a historic temple-cum-Namghar came alive in a stage performance on August 30. The devotees of Santan Dharma Mandir, Rampur presented several devotional songs and dances to an audience enabling them to get acquainted with a less known but significant cultural heritage of Assam.

The devotees representing various age groups sang devotional songs, which have been practised for about 90 years by locals. The songs revealed their firm faith in Vaishnavite religious traditions. The youth of the region have been trained in the art by veterans, a process that continues till today.

Dr. Minati Hazarika Endowment Lecture 2014

 

 Dr. Minati Hazarika Endowment Lecture 2014

 

Dr Sarat Kumar Phukan, who has carried out research on the life and times of Srimanta Sankardeva, shared his knowledge about the prevailing physical and cultural conditions in which the Vaishnavite saint performed his pilgrimages across a vast area of India.

It was a lecture on a subject of history, but with supporting material from present day technology. Geographical tools were used to shed new light on one of the most important  events of Assam's history and culture.

Namghar in the Urban Context of Assam

Namghar in the Urban Context of Assam

 The Namghars in the urban areas of Assam have successfully retained some of the features of Vaishnavite traditions found in village Namghars. The use of an egalitarian platform to worship one unifying God with prayers and discussions is common to Namghars in cities, towns and villages.

This was stated by Pujyapad Bhadra Krishna Goswami, Sattradhikar of Jokai Sattra in his lecture 'Namghar in the urban context of Assam'.

Dr. Minati Hazarika Endowment Lecture

 

 Dr. Minati Hazarika Endowment Lecture

 

Dr Sarat Kumar Phukan, who has carried out research on the life and times of Srimanta Sankardeva, shared his knowledge about the prevailing physical and cultural conditions in which the Vaishnavite saint performed his pilgrimages across a vast area of India.

It was a lecture on a subject of history, but with supporting material from present day technology. Geographical tools were used to shed new light on one of the most important  events of Assam's history and culture.

Focusing on little known facts about the pilgrimages of Srimanta Sankardeva in different parts of India, the researcher said the historic journeys cannot be fully understood without a geographical angle.

VKIC invites Research Based Paper for Journal Quest-2015-16

We are pleased to inform you that two themes for the forthcoming issue of Quest have been decided by members of the Research Advisory Council of VKIC.

In this connection we solicit research papers from you and your peers/acquaintances.

The last date for submission of papers is 9th of December 2015.

We hope you will accede to our request.

Thanking you in anticipation

Prof. P.C. Bhattacharjee
Director
R. A. C. VKIC
Date : 9th November 2015

Please Contact : Dr. P.C. Bhattacharjee : 9435148702; P.K. Das : 9954112323; K.Choudhury : 9706092749  for any further details.

Please note: The concept notes and the style-sheet are attached herewith.


Theme for Quest - 1

Nature - culture Interface: Focus North East