An animation film on the life and teachings of Vaishnavite saint Madhabdeva is ready for release on March 29. The film’s music and website was released at a function held in Guwahati recently.
After Srimanta Sankardev, his chief disciple Madhabdev is being considered as one of the outstanding figures who left an indelible mark in the social and cultural life of Assam through his extraordinary literary creations and philosophy of neo-Vaishnavism.
The much revered Vaishnavite saint had composed numerous works on holy themes in different literary forms that reveal his great erudition, intense devotion and ingenuity. His profound efforts not only played a significant role in the growth of the Satras and Sattriya culture, but also helped create an atmosphere that fostered and enhanced harmony, understanding and tolerance among people hailing from various castes, creeds and communities.
The life of the saint, the creator of the epoch-making – Naam Ghosa, is now being made into an Assamese animation film, the eagerly anticipated ‘Mahapurush Sri Sri Madhabdeva’, which is all set to release on March 29. The film, produced by the Ramani Chitram Memorial Trust, is conceptualised and directed by noted promoter, preserver of Sattriya culture and philanthropist, late Dalim Pathak. It has always been his endeavour to disseminate and promote the philosophy of Sankardev, and his faithful disciple Madhabdev, among the young generation who knows very little about the great saints. A man of deeply held religious convictions and beliefs that permeated every aspect of his life, Pathak, whose humanitarian missions took precedence over everything else, contributed immensely with his artistic inputs during production, besides motivating and guiding a stellar creative ensemble, who dedicated themselves to carry out his vision.
Recently, the film’s audio album, comprising of several Borgeets, Ghosas, Pods, and its official website, were released in the presence of several noted celebrities from various walks of life, at a function held at the Grand Bhabendra Alay, in Guwahati. The film’s teaser had been released earlier.
The function saw participation of celebrities like Nipon Goswami, Dinesh Das, Sadhan Hazarika, Ashim Krishna Boruah, Ramen Das, among others.
The music of ‘Mahapurush Sri Sri Madhabdeva’ has been composed by Sattriya artiste Gunindra Nath Ojha, singer and Sattriya promoter Hamendra Kumar Das and classical vocalist Jiten Basumatary.
Interestingly, Barpeta Satra’s Satradhikar, Basistha Dev Sarma and Deka Sattriya of the Satra, Nabajit Das Pathak have rendered playback singing for the first time in the film.
Musically arranged by Manabjyoti Das, the other singers, who have rendered Borgeets, Ghosas and Pods, are Gunindra Ojha, Hamendra Kumar Das, Jiten Basumatary, Madhusmita Bhattacharya, Krantika Sandilya, Jonali Ojha Basumatary, Rabindra Nath Das and Dinesh Das.
This animation film is produced by Dalim Pathak’s sons, Bishwajyoti Pathak and Gauravjyoti Pathak.