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May 14, 2016

Masks are one of the lynch-pins of Assamese culture and tradition. They are usually worn during theatre and bhaona, a traditional performance carrying religious messages that was created...

May 14, 2016

In Assam the craft of making pottery can be traced back many centuries. The two traditional potter communities in Assam are the Kumar and the Hira.

Kumar is a Hindu caste name indicating...

May 14, 2016

The woodwork industry in Assam was prolific in ancient times when the forests were abundant with rare and valuable woods like sandalwood, salmali, agaru and vata (banyan). It was traditionally...

May 14, 2016

Metal craft is the second largest and another of the oldest cottage industries in Assam. Famous all over India bell-metal utensils, made from a mixture of brass and iron, can be found in almost...

May 14, 2016

Cane and bamboo contribute a great deal to the lifestyle and economy of Assam. Many varieties grow in abundance and each has its own special uses. Bamboo in particular is an integral part of...

May 14, 2016

The word Eri (also known as Endi or Errandi) is derived from erranda, the Assamese word for castor and is made from worms that feed on the leaves of the castor...

May 14, 2016

Known as the “king of silks” muga is golden yellow in appearance and is produced by a semi-domesticated silkworms endemic to Assam that are fed on som tree leaves. The silk, known for its...

May 14, 2016

Weaving is one of the oldest industries in the state and Assam is well known for its rich textures and designs leading Gandhiji to compliment Assamese weavers as artists who could weave dreams in...

  •  jhumur dance
May 13, 2016

The Jhumur is one of the traditional folk dances of Assam. It was developed over the years by the tribes living and working in the tea gardens, called kulls. It is performed by girls and...

  • Barpeta bhortal nritya
May 13, 2016

The Bhortal Nritya of Barpeta evolved from the classical dance form of that particular district of Assam and was developed by Narahari Burha Bbakat, a well known Sattriya artist. It is performed...

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