BATADRAWA PROJECT: AN INNOVATIVE BLEND OF TRADITIONAL AND MODERN CULTURE?
Northeast Today|January 2021
“The characteristic feature of modernity is criticism: what is new is set over and against what is old, and it is this constant contrast that constitutes the continuity of tradition.” Octavio Paz
Ashif Shamim

The world around us is changing faster than ever before. It is changing politically, socially, technologically, economically, also as environmentally. This poses a big challenge for citizens to react accordingly. At times these changes are critically discussed and analyzed; at times it is subject to debate and discussion.

After all, most of the people don't like change, and if their world is changing rapidly as it is doing today, they have a tendency to carry on to what they know and feel comfortable with. Although this might sound sort of a logical thing, it doesn't yield anything. If we decide to maneuver forward, we've to embrace change. We are well aware of the fact that change is inevitable and therefore it's impossible for us to bury our heads into the sand. Meanwhile, turning a blind eye to the progressive changes occurring in numerous areas.

Batadrawa Project: An Overview

A project which was initiated by the State government under the Central government’s larger initiative called Assam Darshan aims to develop the birthplace of SrimantaSankardevBatadrava Than of Bordowa in Nagaon district of Assam as a place of tourist attraction preserving its history and cultural heritage for an estimated amount of Rs 188 Crore.

The entire project aims to embody the structure of a large tree or batabrikkha which has been regarded as a landmark project in glorifying the cultural ideology of Assamese people as well as the Vaishnava religion propounded by MahapurushSrimantaSankardev. Alongside it would also place the cultural ideology of the state into the world map further enlightening the identity of this wonderful culture to a larger audience.

What connects the Batadrawa Project with Modernity?

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