By Our Staff Reporter
Guwahati, April 3: Public activist Deven Dutta today rued the silence of Xatra bodies over the usage of Mahapurusa Srimanta Sankardeva's verses by some artistes in modern day songs.
“Some artistes are using the saint’s verses in cheap commercial songs, in what they called fusion music. It is a disrespect to the great saint. Unfortutely, the people are dancing to these tunes as these are being aired on TV channels,” Dutta said.
He said this trend poses a threat to the unique culture of the Assamese. “One day, there will be nothing in our tradition that is unique and can be called as our own,” Dutta warned.
He said it was unfortute that the Xatra society has not come out against such activities by artistes.
He also took a jibe at some modern day Bihu song artistes, saying some Bihu songs have up to forty per cent English words. “Besides, they lack the rhythm and order of a Bihu song. Such commercialization of tradition should be condemned by one and all,” Dutta added.