GUWAHATI/JORHAT, Aug 11 - Venerable Sattradhikar of Majuli�s Natun Kamalabari Sattra and a leading Vaishnavite scholar of the country Narayan Chandra Goswami is no more. He breathed his last at Guwahati-based Nemcare Hospital around 10:30 am on Tuesday.
Managing director of the hospital Dr Hitesh Barua said that 76-year-old Goswami was suffering from chronic liver disease and had been under treatment since July 9.
Sattradhikar Goswami, who is known for his scholarly works on Brajawali language and neo-Vaishnavite religion and Sattriya culture, was also an authority on Sattriya dance.
He was honoured with the �Srimanta Sankardev Award� by the Government of Assam in 2004 and has a number of books to his credit, including Sattriya Sanskritir Swarnarekha, Brajawali Bhasar Byakaran Aru Abhidhan, Sattriya Nrityar Byakaran and Asomot Bhaonar Parampara, which are recognised as reference books by both Dibrugarh University and Gauhati University.
Also a Sanskrit scholar, the Sattradhikar has translated into Assamese the original Sanskrit Ramayana authored by Balmiki. He has edited Kirtan Ghosa and Nam Ghosa, ankiya plays, borgeets of Srimanta Sankaradeva and his apostle Madhavadeva, and Sankaradeva�s literally works, among others.
Besides, he has penned nine plays and over 60 articles on various issues concerning neo-Vaishnava religion and culture of Assam. He also contributed to Asomiya Biswakosh published by Asam Sahitya Sabha.
He was conferred the honorary D Litt degree by Dibrugarh University in 2010 for his works on Sattriya culture. He was a member of the first general body of Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra Samaj.
The mortal remains of Goswami were taken to Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra and subsequently to Majuli where his last rites will be performed with State honours.
Governor Jagdish Mukhi and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal have condoled the demise of Sattradhikar.