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Assamese drama begins with Sankardev. He composed six unique dramas combining with his talent and the elements of folk dramatic performance of that time and the base of Sanskrit Natya Shastra. He preached Vaishnavism to improve the society of Assam at that time and composed plays for the same purpose. The history of ancient Assamese play can be divided into three parts. Plays of Sankardev period, plays of post Sankardev period and plays of modern times. Assamese drama was produced according to the movement of the society of Assam. In Sankardev plays, the purpose of religion is seen to be manifest in a serious way.