Revolt of 1857 in Assam

Revolt of 1857 in Assam The Revolt of 1857 is an important event in the history of India. It began on 10th may 1857 in Meerut with the mutiny of Indian soldiers or sepoys as the British used to call them. The unrest against the British rule that had been brewing for a long time … Read more

Major dynasties of Assam

Major dynasties of Assam Varman dynasty The Varman dynasty (350-650), the first historical rulers of Kamarupa; was established by Pushya Varman, a contemporary of Samudragupta. This dynasty became vassals of the Gupta Empire, but as the power of the Guptas waned, Mahendra Varman (470-494) performed two horse sacrifices and threw off the imperial yoke. The … Read more

Languages and Literature of Assam

Languages and Literature of Assam Languages of assam Assamese Assamese is spoken all along the Brahmaputra valley and sounds quite sounds quite similar to Bengali to a non-speaker (i.e. non-Bengali or non-Assamese speaker), but have significant differences, especially in grammar, pronunciations and vocabularies. The oldest Assamese writer was perhaps Hema Saraswati, who wrote his famous … Read more

History of Assam from Vedic age to Gupta Period

History of Assam from Vedic age to Gupta Period The ancient name of Guwahati was Pragjyotishpur. Protohistoric Assam is reconstructed from epics and literature from early times (Mahabharata, Kalika Purana, Yogini Tantra, diff. chronicles etc.). The earliest political entity seems to have been led by a non-Aryan Danava dynasty with Mahiranga mentioned as the first … Read more

Freedom Movement in Assam

Freedom Movement in Assam Assam has been under the rule of several dynasties among which the Varman dynasty, Koch, Kachari and Ahom are the most prominent ones. During the 13th century, Sukaphaa a Tai prince who belonged to Mong Mao, which is presently a part of China came to Assam crossing the Patkai range along … Read more

Former princely States of Assam and Zamindaris

Former princely States of Assam and Zamindaris The region that came to be known as undivided Goalpara district came under British rule after the transfer of the Deewani from the Mughal Emperor on August 12, 1765. Due to tribal influences on the region the police thanas of Dhubri, Nageswari, Goalpara and Karaibari were placed under … Read more

Folk Songs of Assam

Folk Songs of Assam Assam, the north-eastern state of India, situated on the littoral of the mighty river Brahmaputra is home to diverse ethnic groups and cultures. This diversity contributed immensely to its musical gamut. The folk music of the state can be segregated into different categories. Assam is known for its rich culture and … Read more

Folk Dances of Assam

Folk Dances of Assam It is often said that folk dance is the best manifestation of the culture and tradition of a particular place. The best example to this statement can be seen in the various ethnic dance forms that are prevalent in the different corners of Assam. The state is home to a number … Read more

Constitution and reorganization  of Assam

Constitution and reorganization¬† of Assam The British took over Assam in 1826 to make the eastern frontier of the British possessions secure, although the architect of the British possession of the extended north-east frontier, David Scott, initially was against the permanent occupation of Assam. But the scene completely changed with the discovery that the tea … Read more

Fairs and Festivals of Assam

Fairs and Festivals of Assam Majuli Festival One of the major festivals that draws visitors from far and near is Majuli Festival in Assam, the gateway to the Northeast. The Majuli festival is held in Majuli, the largest river island in the world. Located on the river Brahmaputra in Assam, it has been a center … Read more