GUWAHATI, May 28 – Srimanta Sankardev through his religious teachings and varied cultural and social activities forged indissoluble unity among diverse ethnic groups inhabiting Assam and established a fusion with the great Indian nationhood. This observation was made by Dr Amalendu Chakravartty, Professor of Bengali department, Gauhati University, recently while delivering the 14th Padma Lochan Bhuyan Memorial Lecture organised at the Shilpgram, Panjabari here under the auspices of the PL Bhuyan Trust of the Brihattar Panjabari Sahitya Sabha, a press release said.
Delivering an hour-long enlightning lecture on Sankardev, the symbol of national unity and the relevance of his teachings, Dr Chakravartty dwelt at length on how Sankardev through the propagation of the Ek Saran Nam Dharma and setting up of namghars brought about an unprecedented social resurgence in Assam which was followed by a great spiritual upsurge and moral reawakening.
The great Assamese saint flung open the door of the vast store house of Indian culture and intellectual excellence by making available to common masses the gems of Indian wisdom contained in the Bhagawat and other great scriptures, Dr Chakravartty added.
Mahendra Nath Bora, president of the Brihattar Panjabari Sahitya Sabha, presided over the function. The secretary of the PBSS, Bipin Bhattacharyya, explained the purpose of the meeting while Pratibha Bhuyan welcomed the guests.
Dr Bijoy Krishna Deva Sarma, well-known educationist and mathematician, while paying floral tributes to PL Bhuyan described Bhuyan as a very competent officer, a great human being and a selfless servant of the people.
The women members of the BPSS presented the opening song and Runu Bhuyan presented a Bargeet while Pratul Sarma recited a poem. DN Chakravartty, Kamaleswar Bora and Tabiul Hussain addressed the meeting. Nitamoni Sen Deka, Mrinalini Sarma and Hema Prabha Saikia were felicitated at the meeting. Ranajit Sutradhar offered vote of thanks, the release added.