GUWAHATI, April 24 � Saint Sankardev was able to convey a message of humanism to people through music and dance, something that remains relevant several centuries after they were conceived. Even today because of their merit they hold an appeal to the world, which is an impressive feat.
This was stated by eminent sarod player Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, while inaugurating a book, Srimanta Sankardev: Vaishnava Saint of Assam written by Dr Bimal Phukan.
Khan, in his speech described Sankardev as the greatest talent to emerge from Assam and said that his songs carried sounds and rhythms which could represent the region. His teachings were profound to the extent that it could reach out to people and inspire them.
The acclaimed artiste mentioned music has so much power that even without words it can be appreciated by people from varied backgrounds.
Appreciating the power of folk music, the sarod maestro said that unlike some other forms of music, folk had a different appeal as it did not require a guru-sishya parampara to be practiced. People can just listen and be inspired to perform this form of music.
Khan appreciated the book by Dr Phukan, a copy of which he had read in New York much before it was formally released.
Speaking to the gathering at Guwahati�s State Museum auditorium, the author, Dr Bimal Phukan described the volume as an attempt to throw light on the saint in a manner that would attract the uninitiated as well as the youth. �The writing of the book was an incredible journey made possible by support from many people to whom I am grateful,� he remarked.
James Lyndoh, former Chief Election Commissioner of India, called the book a well researched biography of the saint, who was the most civilizing influence in Assam. Form his reading of the book, he found it comprehensive in scope and elegant in presentation.
Former Chief Secretary, HN Das, presided over the function and also appreciated the publication.