GUWAHATI, March 19 – Governor JB Patnaik on Saturday inaugurated an ‘International Seminar on Charyapada and Contemporary Language-Literature-Culture’ organised by Asam Sahitya Sabha at the Rabindra Bhawan.
Speaking as chief guest on the occasion, Patnaik said that Charyapada manuscript in palm leaves by Pandit Hara Prasad Shastri from Nepal was considered to be a unique linguistic achievement.
Charyapada is known by several other names - Charyageetika, Charyacharya Vinischarya and Vaudhgan O Doha. “The meaning of Charya is achara or acharan or practice. It is generally associated with religious practices such as Tapascharya, Bratacharya, etc. Krishnacharya or Khanupada, one of the composers of these songs, strongly believes that without arduous practice there is no question of enlightenment,” he said, adding that the subject was both interesting and controversial.
Patnaik appealed to the scholars present at the seminar to come to a consensus that the Charyapada was the common property of the present eastern languages and their common language at one time. “At a later stage the Vaishnava saints of eastern India evolved another common language – Brajawoli in which they wrote and sang. Srimanta Sankardeva of Assam, Rai Ramananda of Odisha, Chandi Das of Bengal and Vidyapati of Mithila were the pioneers. Every religious cult had in the past evolved a common medium of mass communication. Therefore our country is unique and great, known for its unity in diversity,” he said.