While doing researching about the places that I had to visit in Assam, the Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra was not initially on my list of places to visit while in Assam. Now after visiting the Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra I was overjoyed by my decision to go there and would regretted it if I had not visited this historical institute. Built in the 1990s and named after the famous medieval poet Srimanta Sankardev who was also a social reformer. This Kalakshetra provides an insight on the Assamese culture and their heritage.
I reached the Kalakshetra right on time when it usually is scheduled to open for the day. It was a beautiful day and there was already a queue of tourists waiting outside the ticket counter and the main gate of this majestic Kalakshetra. Located in Panjabari area of Guwahati, this Kalakshetra has a view of the Shillong plateau. While walking through its pathways one could absorb the Assamese and the rest of North India’s unique and vibrant culture. There are various areas of worship, libraries, eateries, art exhibits, statues and even eateries are also found in the compound.
There are very beautiful Assamese architecture showcased in the buildings here and there is also exhibits from the Ahom Dynasty which ruled this area for centuries and which shaped the modern day Assam. The Kalakshetra has beautiful gardens and children’s play area making it very suitable for a family outing. There were many tourists here clicking photographs of various exhibits, statues, buildings and even the beautiful temples of the Kalakshetra.
The museum is rich with cultural and historical relics and objects from the Ahom Dynasty and is very well maintained. The Sahitya Bhavan is the library in the Kalakshetra and it houses a number of the rarest Assamese and Ahom scriptures and manuscripts. These scriptures and manuscripts are priceless and it provides all the insight needed into the Ahom Dynasty and even an era before their rise. I was so mind boggled by Assam’s rich heritage and history that I barely knew that the sun was setting already.