of Devoted Reciters:
The Hindu Seers were not satisfied
with mere compiling of history books. That alone would not fulfill
their aim. They wanted the written matter to reach every individual,
literate or illiterate and produce the desired effect on him.
Reciters or Sutas were intended for the task. India is a vast
country, having a large population and speaking a number of
languages. The number of reciters required also must be in that
proportion. Moreover, these reciters would have to narrate the
history time and time again according to the convenience of the
villager and also the forest dwellers and this is to continue for
thousands of years. Hence generations after generations of reciters
were trained to narrate history skillfully and effectively in
various languages of this vast country. These sutas considered it
their sacred duty and life-time mission to be wandering minstrels
all their life, whatever be the odds they were required to face.
They had conviction that whatever is written in these books is the
history of this nation. it is most useful to the society and hence,
they deemed it their duty to devote their lives to deliver it to the
masses. The compilers had not only compiled the history but due to
the quality of the compilation had created a conviction about its
utility in a number of life-devoting reciters. Such a great
importance they had attached to the science of historiography.