For the first time in Guwahati, the traditional bhaona (a play conceptualized by Vaishnavite saint Sankardeva) was performed in French at Sankardeva Kalakshetra on January 3. It aimed to commemorate the contributions of Srimanta Sankardeva to Indian society. The performers, part of the French Theatre Group from Paris, arrived in Assam around mid-December to learn about the spiritual and cultural aspects of the play. A bhaona has never been enacted in a foreign language before, so it was a special treat for visitors.
They play they performed was called Parijat Haran, which is an Ankiya Nat. In Assamese, an ankiya nat means a one-act play. The story of Parijat Haran revolves around the killing of demon Narakasura, and the stealing of the divine flower Parijat from the garden of Indra, the king of Gods.
The first international Sankardeva festival is underway at Sankardeva Kalakshetra till January 8.