Bhaona, the Traditional Theatre Form of Assam, as an Instrument for Developing Moral Values

Dr. Indranee Phookan Borooah, Dr. Jerina Begum
2014 IOSR Journal of Humanities and Social Science  
The Vaishnavite saint and leader, Srimanta Sankardeva started a religio-cultural movement in Assam. Sankardeva's bhakti movement brought various communities under one philosophy of life with a systematized code of conduct and religious practice. Two institutions established by him were the Satra and Namghar. The Satra is a Vaisnav monastery, while Namghar is a prayer house. Associated with Sankardeva, are Ankiya Naat and Bhaona. Ankiya Naat denotes one-act plays while Bhaona is the performance
more » ... is the performance of these plays. These Ankiya Naat always carried a religious message and their enactment showed the victory of good over evil. It is a traditional theatre form which shows the victory of truth at the climax, generally using mythological figures drawn from the Bhagavata and the Ramayana. Considering the apparent degradation of moral values in the present times an effort is made in this paper to analyze the contribution of Bhaona in building society in the past and how they may be conserved and popularized to contribute to the development of moral values in the present.
doi:10.9790/0837-19740105 fatcat:a4xx5lyltbeiracjzkknmy5kmi