Sankaradeva and His Predecessors

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Lawyer's Book Stall, 1953 - Assamese literature - 67 pages
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Since the very beginning of his literary career, Dr Neog had his eyes fixed upon a select sport of the vast
realm of Assamese literature. At first, it looked like a very small island L but, Dr Neog
transformed it into a vast prairie in no time. How, he us the undisputed monarch if that kingdom which he built up by his
own efforts. It is significant that his first full length original work is a not-so-slender volume under the title Sri Sri Sankaradeva , published in 1948. He aimed to make it a systematic account of the human drama that the foremost saint-poet of Assam unfolded in this early stage. An attempt in the same direction had been made earlier by Lakshminath Bezbaroa.But he was at pains to extricate himself from allowing history to be obscured by the glamorous mists of legends and mystery. DR Neog took courage in both hands to discard the legends and to emphasize the probables. He drew his materials from a whole gamut of traditional verse-biographies and to get the whole heap of facts becoming the stuff of a scientific biography. Here he succeeded singularly in giving the Assamese literature the first ever scientific biography of Sankaraderva . And, it got his mind flown to such a great height that even the remoter regions of the island came within the ken of his vision. He made a rewarding use of that vision by attempting a meaningful literary account of the whole period , which by common consent, was the golden age of Assamese literature. The outcome us a book called Sankaradeva and His Predecessors. ( Dr Mahendra Bora)

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