Devotee of saints Srimanta Sankardeva and Sri Sri Madhabdev, renowned preserver of Sattriya culture and philanthropist late Dalim Pathak’s charitable nature is manifest in the establishment of a number of social-cultural organizations in Assam. On the occasion of his first death anniversary, a co-memorial book – Xuaroni Baibhav – was released by noted cultural activist, writer, dramatist and actor Ratna Ojha in a function held in Guwahati recently.
The book’s remarkable collections of essays, in addition to memoirs and speeches, in both Assamese and English, complemented by photographs, is a testimony to the insightful scholarship and expert interpretations of the writers and Satradhikars, many of whom were once close associates of Dalim Pathak. Besides delving into the life and career of Dalim Pathak, the book is an in-depth attempt to explain the fundamental tenets of the philosophical and religious ideals of the saints.
The editorial team, comprising of Sankar Das as the chief editor, Dayananda Pathak, Bhupendra Raichoudhury, Bhuban Chandra Kalita and Bhagwan Patowary as the editors, strongly feel that Xuaroni Baibhav will be an invaluable guide for serious readers and a premier source for scholars and researchers involved in the study of Mahapurushiya Sanskriti. A number of experts view it as a breakthrough contribution to Assam’s literary scene and the Vaishnava society as a whole.
The book, with its rich literary and philosophical expositions, will fill a void in the State’s intellectual sphere, feels the book’s publisher, Kanika Pathak, who is also Dalim Pathak’s wife.
The book’s diverse group of writers includes Sankar Das, Dayananda Pathak, Bhupen Raichoudhury Narayan Chandra Goswami, Bimal Mazumdar, Banamali Nath, Nripen Roy, Anil Raichoudhury, Badal Choudhury, Ranjit Kumar Barua, Banikanta Kakati, Surjya Kumar Bhuyan, Pratap Chandra Choudhury, Mallika Kandali, Babul Chandra Das, among others.
The book release function, anchored by noted musician Abani Ranjan Pathak, was attended by professor Bhabajit Bayan as keynote speaker. The function, held in the presence of many of Dalim Pathak’s well-wishers, family members and admirers hailing from various parts of the state, was also attended by several Satradhikars, prominent litterateurs, artistes and journalists, among others.