GUWAHATI, May 19 � The Sri Sri Aniruddhadeva Chair (SSADC) of the Dibrugarh University History Department felicitated noted historian Dr Amalendu Guha and noted scholar of Vaishnavism Prof Keshavananda Deva Goswami for their contribution towards the study of Aniruddhadeva, recently.
Prof Deva Goswami was accorded the felicitation at a function held at the Dibrugarh University campus on April 30 last. But Dr Guha could not make it to the function on health grounds. He was accorded the felicitation at a solemn function held at his Ulubari residence here on May 18.
The felicitation was accorded to Dr Guha by Dibrugarh University Vice Chancellor Prof Alak Kumar Buragohain and SSADC Chair Professor Dr Dambaru Nath on behalf of the University. The function was addressed by Prof Buragohain, Dr Nath and Prof Ranjit Kumar Deva Goswami of Gauhati University (GU).
The personalities present at the function included Prof Rajiv Handique of Dibrugarh University, Dr Dwipen Bezbarua of GU, Dr Aradhana Patangia Goswami of Pandu College, Dr Paramananda Mazumdar of Pragjyotish College and Paresh Malakar of Anwesha, among others.
Dr Guha and his wife Dr Anima Guha expressed their gratitude to Dibrugarh University, the Shri Shri Aniruddhadeva Chair and to the guests present.
It may be mentioned here that the SSADC selects the recipients of this honour on the basis of their contribution to the field of Assamese Vaishnavite literature, culture and institutions, including the life and works of Shri Shri Aniruddhadeva, and the subaltern societies and communities. The SSADC felicitates select eminent personalities every two years on the occasion of the birth anniversary celebrations of the great Vaishnavite saint Shri Shri Aniruddhadeva.
Dr Guha�s historical works are many and varied and have been published as books as well as papers in reputed journals. His publications include the very popular book Planters Raj to Swaraj. It was also due to the research of Dr Guha that the history of the Moamariya rebellion and that of a larger part of the Mayamara society has come to light.
Prof Keshavananda Deva Goswami is the greatest living authority on the Sankaradeva movement and Assamese Vaishnavism. The Assamese Bhagavata he edited included Aniruddhadeva�s translation of some centos of the original Bhagavata.