MAJULI, Oct 23 - The prestigious Sri Sri Sankaradeva Research Award was given to Dr Maheswar Hazarika this year. He was handed over the award in a programme held at Keshabram Borah Auditorium, Majuli College, here recently.
Other dignitaries who were also present on the occasion included satradhikars like Nani Gopal Dev Goswami (Dakhinpat Satra), Pitambor Dev Goswami (Auniati Satra), Janardan Dev Goswami (Uttar Kamalabari Satra), Dutta Dev Goswami (Bhogpur Satra), Hari Dev Goswami (Garamur Saru Satra) and the Deka Satradhikar of Auniati Satra.
The principal of Majuli College, Dr Debojit Saikia, presided over the meeting. From 2005 onwards, the Sri Sri Auniati Satra of Majuli has been handing over the prestigious award every year to a person who has made some special contributions in the field of research or study on Sankaradeva and his contribution to the Assamese society.
Dr Maheswar hazarika is the 11th recipient of the award that contains a certificate of appreciation, a collection of books, one hand-made fan from cane (specially made in Auniati Satra) and an amount of Rs 18,000. The award was given to him for his translation of entire Kirtan Ghosa of Sankaradeva into Sanskrit within two years.
The programme began with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by Dutta Dev Goswami, Satradhikar of Bhogpur Satra. On behalf of the Auniati Satra, the award was given by the Satradhikar of the Satra, Dr Pitambor Dev Goswami, to the recipient. The award function was anchored by Dr Harinarayan Sharma, Associate Professor of Bihpuria College. Dr Maheswar Hazarika, a professor of Sankaradeva University, Nagaon, is a notable name in the field of literature of Assam who has written and translated many books in Assamese, Oriya, Sanskrit and English. Some of his well-known creations in Assamese are Dutavakya (a translation of Bhasa�s drama of the same name in Sanskrit), Rasatrayi (A comparative study of Raas in Sankaradeva�s works and Visnupurana, Bhagavatapurana), Dutoghatakacam, Sanskrit Sahityar Itibritta, Vivekanandar Hinduchetana, Sampradayika Samasya etc. He wrote Sankaracaritam in Oriya, Srikrishnabhaktirasakadamba, Govindavallabhanataka in English and books like Shrigurucaritam, Keertanam of Srimanta Sankaradeva in Sanskrit.
After the distribution of award, all the Satradhikars praised Auniati Satra�s efforts to popularise and introduce Sankaradeva and his philosophy to the younger generation. They also expressed hope that more research would be done on Sankaradeva which would be greatly effective and beneficial in the making of a good and healthy society.