Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra (SSK) has been conceived as a grand exposition of the life and culture of the people of North-East India, of its diverse ethnic groups and sub-groups who have created the cultural mosaic which is essence of the North-East India in general and particularly Assam, in respect of all its beauty and splendor. Named after the great unifier of Assam and one of the greatest integrator of the Indian society of the fifteenth century, Srimanta Sankaradeva, the Kalakshetra Society attempts to capture and convey the essence of the great seer’s spirit, who preached the message of unity in diversity and the universal brotherhood of man. The institution attempts for the preservation, restoration, research, promotion and development of the rich cultural heritage of the diverse ethnic communities inhabiting the state.
The Concept :
The Cultural Complex was conceived by the Cultural Advisory Committee of the Government of Assam in a meeting held on 5th August, 1986. It was decided to set up a complex to serve as a centre of activities in the field of dance, drama, music, fine-arts, literature etc. with a view to preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of the people of Assam. In the same year, a tentative plan for the cultural complex was prepared and later, named as the ‘Sri manta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra’ and the foundation of it was laid on 2nd Feb. 1988 by the then Governor of Assam, Shri Bhisma Narayan Singh. In the year 1990 the Government of Assam had taken up with the Government of India, the matter of placing the project of the Kalakshetra under Clause Vl of the “Assam Accord 1985”, which says -”Constitutional. legislative and administrative safeguards, as may be appropriate, shall be provided to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.” On 9th November 1998, the then Honourable President of India, K.R. Narayanan bestowed the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra to the Nation.