Tileswar Tamuli

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Tileswar Tamuli


Sattriya Guru
Born (1954-04-08) 8 April 1954 (age 64)
Majuli, Assam
Occupation Sattriya Guru
Spouse(s) Mrs. Deepa Tamuli
Children Krishna Tamuli , Pranami Tamuli

Tileswar Tamuli Borbayan (তিলেশ্বৰ তামুলী, born 08-04-1954) is an exponents and teacher of the Sattriya Culture of Assam. He previously was a monk at Mul-Kamalabari Sattra (Majuli) which is now situated at Titabor of Jorhat district,Assam..

Assam State in northeast India

Assam is a state in India, situated south of the eastern Himalayas along the Brahmaputra and Barak River valleys. Assam covers an area of 78,438 km2 (30,285 sq mi). The state is bordered by Bhutan and the state of Arunachal Pradesh to the north; Nagaland and Manipur to the east; Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram and Bangladesh to the south; and West Bengal to the west via the Siliguri Corridor, a 22 kilometres (14 mi) strip of land that connects the state to the rest of India.


His career began at Jorhat as a Sattriya teacher. He worked in the Sangeet Vidyalaya situated at Jorhat. On 7 March 1982, he was invited as a Sattriya teacher in Kalaguru Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, Tezpur. He was invited to go to Odissa and Digboi at the same time for continue his career but it was suggested by Bhupen Hazarika to go to Digboi and spread and practice this culture of Assam. He moved to Digboi in 1991 and is still working in Digboi. He is the principal of Digboi Sangeet Vidyalaya (Luit Shilpi Samaj). He also teaches in nearby places of Digboi like Tinsukia, Margherita, Jagun, Pengeri and so on. With the help of IOCL and Coal India, he and his institutions could build the buildings for its practice and development. Sri Tamuli Borbayan is invited as the guest trainer in Sattriya workshops in most of the places of Assam. He also directed Ankiya Bhaonas and Rasslila in many places of India. He is approved as the examiner of both the boards Sangeet Sattra and Assam Sattra Mahasabha

Jorhat Place in Assam, India

Jorhat is a city and one of the important urban centres in the state of Assam in India.

Digboi town in Assam, India

Digboi is a town and a town area committee in Tinsukia district in the north-eastern part of the state of Assam, India

Bhupen Hazarika Indian singer, poet, director and composer

Bhupen Hazarika was an Indian playback singer, lyricist, musician, singer, poet and film-maker from Assam, widely known as Sudhakantha. His songs, written and sung mainly in the Assamese language by himself, are marked by humanity and universal brotherhood and have been translated and sung in many languages, most notably in Bengali and Hindi. His songs, based on the themes of communal amity, universal justice and empathy, have become popular among the people of Assam, besides West Bengal and Bangladesh. He is also acknowledged to have introduced the culture and folk music of Assam and Northeast India to Hindi cinema at the national level. He received the National Film Award for Best Music Direction in 1975. Recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1987), Padmashri (1977), and Padmabhushan (2001), Hazarika was awarded with Dada Saheb Phalke Award (1992), India's highest award in cinema, by the Government of India and Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship (2008), the highest award of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's The National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama. He was posthumously awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian award, in 2012. Hazarika also held the position of the Chairman of the Sangeet Natak Akademi from December 1998 to December 2003. He was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, in 2019.

Early life

Shri Tileswar Tamuli was born on 8 April 1954 in Majuli. He is the third son of Lt. Jagyeswar Tamuli and Smt. Xorumai Tamuli. Due to regular floods, they shifted to Titabor. His father played khol and also played with Tamuli from a young age. One day, Sattradhikar of Kamalabari Sattra came to the Bhaona festival in his village and noticed this little child. He talked with his father to take the child with him to give him a better knowledge and education and finally he was sent to the Sattra with all the rituals. The name Tileswar was given in the Sattra, his birth name was Ramen.

Majuli island in Assam, Northeast India

Mājuli or Majoli is a river island in the Brahmaputra River, Assam and in 2016 it became the first island to be made a district in India. It had an area of 880 square kilometres (340 sq mi) at the beginning of the 20th century, but having lost significantly to erosion it covers 352 square kilometres (136 sq mi) as at 2014. Majuli has shrunk as the river surrounding it has grown. Majuli is currently listed as the world's largest river island in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Tamuli received the Bayan’s training from Jugen Borbayan and later completed his training with Lt Rameswar Borbayan. He was receiving training of Gayan and Guru Votima from Bhularaam Aatoi, Sattriya Dance from Bayanacharya Ghanakanta Bora. In 1980, he got a scholarship from the Assam Government and received training in varied dance and drama forms at Rabindra Bhawan Guwahati under the guidance of Lt Rudra Baruah. In this way he got different trainings of dance music of Assam inside and outside the Sattra and also he learned Violin, Tabla, Bharat Natyam and Kathak dance. Tamuli completed his training at a very early age and was poised to be elevated as a Barbayan, but he refused it then and only later got the title in 2008.

Tileswar tamuli with Jatin Goswami (Padmashree awardee) jointly organised a sattriya development workshop at Digboi. Tileswar tamuli with Padmashri Jatin Goswami.jpg
Tileswar tamuli with Jatin Goswami (Padmashree awardee) jointly organised a sattriya development workshop at Digboi.

Personal life

He married Deepa Tamuli in 1989 and they have two daughters.

Notable performances

Sri Tamuli is performing in various places of India till today. Inside the Sattra he has performed Sattiya Dance, Gayan-Bayan, Ankiya Bhaona and so on.

Notable disciples

1. Dr. Mallika Kandali (Sattriya and Odisi Dancer and Researcher) 2. Dr. Pratibha Sarma (Famous Kathak and Sattriya dancer)
3. Rinjumoni Saikia (Famous Kathak and Sattriya dancer)
4. Gayatri Mahanta (Female actor of Assamese films)