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Saturday , February 22 , 2014
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Now we will know what the saint looked like

- Sankardev Mission releases a ‘faultless’ image of Xankardeb based on painting by Madhabdeb

Guwahati, Feb. 21: An association working to popularise the works of Vaishnavite saint Srimanta Xankardeb has worked out a “faultless” image of the saint, claiming that errors had crept into the earlier paintings.

The Sankardev Mission, the association, said the new painting was based on a description of Xankardeb by his main disciple Madhabdeb. The painting was released here today by the former president of Asam Sahitya Sabha, Kanaksen Deka. The president of the Mission, Surendra Nath Bora, said they would release two computer-generated images of the saint, Prokritibid Xankardeb and Dhormiya Prokritibid Xankardeb, to do away with ambiguities regarding the true image of Srimanta Xankardeb. “We are trying to sculpt a faultless form of the guru,” he said.

He said through the painting, they also wanted to spread a message about the new form of the guru, comprising his various aspects, across the state. “If this happens, the clouds of uncertainty will disappear and help the young generation to accept him as an environmentalist and social scientist. This will also help the future generations to relate to him better”

Bora said the saint had been misrepresented even in his most popular painting, painted by Bishnu Prasad Rabha, which can be seen at Raj Bhavan. The saint is shown there wearing a logun (a thread believed to be sacred). Unlike Rabha’s painting, there is no logun and halo in the new form presented by the association.

Bora said based on appropriate suggestions from the people, they might make some changes to the images.

The Mission has also completed production of five documentaries on Xankardeb — Gonotantrik Panchayatiraj, Jyotirbidyar Sitrokola, Bimurta Sitrokola, Sihno Jatrar Bhaona and Jibokulor Bibortonbad.

“Preparations are on to send these documentaries for international film competitions,” he said.

The Mission has come up with a book — God, Einstein and Sankardev — after 30 years of studying literature and facts on Xankardeb’s observations and preaching.

“The objective of the literary work is to study the practical aspects of Xankardeb’s literature. To share the responsibility, we have invited the vice-chancellor of Cotton College State University, Dhruba Jyoti Saikia, pro vice-chancellor of Tezpur University, Amarjyoti Choudhury, and the head of the geography department of Cotton College, Mafisa Ahmed. Based on their suggestions, we will release the book globally. An initiative will be taken to release it in Hindi, Assamese and Bengali,” Bora said.

Sankardev Mission today also felicitated Shaktimoy Das, a writer from Bengal.