GUWAHATI, Oct 18 – Kirtan Ghosa is considered as the greatest of all the creations of Vaishnavite saint Srimanta Sankardev.
“Despite the fact that the revered book is available in most of the Assamese households, a prose version of the book is of great significance, specially for the younger generations.”
Eminent litterateur Dr Lakshmi Nandan Bora made this remark while releasing the prose version of the Kirtan Ghosa, Sri Sri Sankardev Birachita Kirtan-Ghosar Saral Gadya Rupantar at the KL Baruah Auditorium at the Assam State Museum here today.
“Most of the elderly people, particularly in the villages, read and discuss the Kirtan Ghosa. However, for the younger generation to understand this great piece of literature in a better manner, the prose version of the book would be of immense help,” he added.
The book has been written by Hari Prasad Chaliha and has been published by Bani Mandir.
Speaking as a distinguished guest, Dr Malini Goswami, a Sanskrit scholar and educationist said that apart from being a book of religious importance, Kirtan Ghosa could be studied as a collection of poetry and songs or a philosophical book. “Kirtan Ghosa is the torch-bearer of the cultural history of the State,” she added.
Sharing his experience, writer Hari Prasad Chaliha said that it took him three years to bring out the prose version of the book. He also threw light on the history of creation of Kirtan Ghosa. Jatin Hazarika, a retired State civil servant, presided over the function.