GUWAHATI, Oct 10 - Families hailing from Assam and now residing in Atlanta, US, organised an event on the birth anniversary of Mahapurush Srimanta Sankaradeva, with a fine blend of religious and cultural activities, stated a press release issued here.
Beginning with bonti projolon (lighting of the lamp), the morning started on a very sober note. Verses were read from the Kirtan Ghosa, and men and women from the Assamese community took part in naam prasanga. The naam ended with the distribution of prasad, which was soon followed by a cultural programme.
Two youths presented a Satriya dance based on Sankaradeva�s first poem Karatala Kamala. The musical segment included borgeet and lokogeet sung in praise of the saint. The highlight of the cultural function was a bhaona �Doisyu Ratnakar�, based on the story of dacoit Ratnakar, prior to his transformation into the great saint Valmiki.
The day�s programme ended with a delicious Assamese vegetarian lunch prepared by the women of the community.