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Panel Discussion : Development through Culture: A paradigm on sustainable development

It is my pleasure to inform you VKIC is organizing a panel discussion on the topic of culture and development on January 29, 2017 at 11 am. in the VKIC conference hall.

The programme centres on the book Development through Culture by noted economist and thinker Sri S. Gurumurthy. This VKIC publication has been well received by a large section of the intelligentsia.

Annual Report 2015-2016

Annual Report Date
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Another year has passed, and we at VKIC continue our mission of protecting and promoting the ancient wisdom and traditions of North East India. The evaluation of the activities possibly lies not in the size and shape of them, but in identification of the core value within them.

In the midst of the rush for dissecting the differences amongst the communities, in their attire and food, minor variations in the rites and rituals, the job and mission of exploring the core unity is a challenging task. VKIC is committed to this cause.

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'.