This book deals with the life and contributions of Saint Srimanta Sankaradeva. It seeks to highlight the pioneering role he played in various disciplines of art and literature. The Saint founded Eka Sarana Nama Dharma, an Order he dedicated exclusively to celebrating the glory and worship of Lord Krishna. As the first playwright in all of India's modern languages, he founded his own schools of art for painting, music and dance. He is also the world's first play director, dramatist, to use drop-scene or background scenery in a theatrical setting. He used Drama as a tool to convey his message to the people. As a great social reformer, he created a composite culture that went on to become mainstream Assamese culture. This work delves into the multi-dimensional contribution the polymath has made to the academia.
About the Author:
Hagiographer and academician, Dr. Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti is an internationally acclaimed author and biographer. With over 60 books to his credit, he is a prolific and versatile writer. He has edited three hagiographies, and also authored the renowned Purnanga Katha Gurucharita, one of his masterpieces in vernacular. He wrote a commentary to Madhavadeva’s Namghosha. He has also translated Bargeet and Gunamala into English. His English novel, The Redeemer, is based on the life of Saint Srimanta Sankaradeva. His book, Majuli: Resources and Challenges, is one of the most important books published in India. In 2008, he was honoured with the Vaishnavite Literature Award and a Sankari Sahitya Sanskriti Bota Award in 2021 by the Asom Sahitya Sabha for his efforts to spread the legacy of Srimanta Sankaradeva globally. He is also a reviewer of UNESCO world heritage nomination dossier on behalf of ICOMOS. He blogs at www.borkakoti.blogspot.in.