Germany based Lambert Academic Publishing recently published a book titled Srimanta Sankaradeva's Contributions. This is the first time that an international publisher has published a book on Srimanta Sankaradeva. The book deals with the multi-faceted contributions of Srimanta Sankaradeva and chronicles the pioneering role played by the saint in both the philosophical as well as the socio-cultural arenas.
The Eka Sarana Nama Dharma, founded by Srimanta Sankaradeva is unique in the absence of female deity worship, which is found in some degree in all other Hindu orders. Not only that, Srimanta Sankaradeva was a forerunner of even philosophers like Spinoza.
The schools of art evolved by Srimanta Sankaradeva in painting, dance and music have been recognized as unique by the scholars. This process of recognition has however been late due to communication gap between Assam and the rest of the world. The present book will go a long way in mitigating that gap. The author has explained the process of creation of those cultural assets with ingredients from ethnic groups in the Brahmaputra valley. The Sankari culture has bonded the Assamese community together, it has been shown in the book Srimanta Sankaradeva’s Contributions.
Srimanta Sankaradeva’s activities were not confined to religion only. He also attempted to reform the society. He created a new social dynamics. The book also explores the contributions of Srimanta Sankaradeva which were not confined to Assam only. He was instrumental in giving a concrete shape to the Oriya social structure, the Yatra movement of Bengal, and the paintings of West India. The Bhakti movement in North India was also indebted to him. The Ankiya plays initiated by him launched an international movement in use of drop-scenes, and in the use of drama for proselytizing works. Madhavdeva, the foremost disciple of Srimanta Sankaradeva keenly involved in all these activities. Author of the book, Dr. Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti talking to Assam Times said that the book delves deep and presents a complete journey into the life and teachings of the saint in its thirteen chapters.