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Assam ([æˈsæm], About this sound pronunciation ; Assamese: অসম Ôxôm, /ɔxɔm/) is a northeastern state of India. Its capital is Dispur, located within the municipal area of Guwahati city. Located south of the eastern Himalayas, Assam comprises the Brahmaputra and the Barak river valleys along with the Karbi Anglong and the North Cachar Hills with an area of 30,285 square miles (78,438 km²). Assam is surrounded by six of the other Seven Sister States: Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Meghalaya. Geographically Assam and these states are connected to the rest of India via a narrow strip of land in West Bengal called the Siliguri Corridor or "Chicken's Neck". Assam shares international borders with Bhutan and Bangladesh; and cultures, peoples and climate with South-East Asia – important elements in India’s Look East policy. Assam became a part of the British India after the British occupied the region following the First Anglo-Burmese War of 1824–1826. (more)

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Bhupen Hazarika (Assamese: ভূপেন হাজৰিকা) (1926–2011) was an Indian lyricist, musician, singer, poet and film-maker from Assam. His songs, written and sung mainly in the Assamese language by himself, are marked by humanity and universal brotherhood and have been translated and sung in many languages, most notably in Bengali and Hindi. His songs, based on the themes of communal amity, universal justice and empathy, have become popular among the people of Assam, besides West Bengal and Bangladesh. He is also acknowledged to have introduced the culture and folk music of Assam and Northeast India to Hindi cinema at the national level. He received the National Film Award for Best Music Direction in 1975. Recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1987), Padmashri (1997), and Padmabhushan (2001), Hazarika was awarded with Dada Saheb Phalke Award (1992), India's highest award in cinema, by the Government of India and Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship (2008), the highest award of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's The National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama. He was posthumously awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian award, in 2012. Hazarika also held the position of the Chairman of the Sangeet Natak Akademi from December 1998 to December 2003. (more...)

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Beautiful sunset near Peacock Island

The Peacock Island is a small river island of the river Brahmaputra, is located near Guwahati city, is known as smallest inhabited Riverine Island in the world. It is the place of Umananda Devaloi (Shiva Temple) which was built by the Ahom King Gadadhar Singha (1681–1696) Country boats that are available on the bank of Brahmaputra take the visitors to the island. The mountain on which the temple has been built is known as Bhasmacala. (more...)

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Did you know?

1.... that the Brahmaputra's upper course was long unknown, and its identity with the Yarlung Tsangpo was only established by exploration in 1884–86?
2.... that Camellia sinensis is the species of plant whose leaves and leaf buds are used to produce the popular beverage tea?
3.... that a total of six Tai language were spoken in Assam, although two are now extinct - Tai Phake, Tai Aiton, Khamti, Khamyang (critically endangered), Ahom (extinct), Turung (extinct)?
4.... that the Talatal Ghar, together with its above-ground counterpart the Kareng Ghar, is also the largest of all Ahom monuments?
5.... that the First Anglo-Burmese War ended under the Treaty of Yandabo in 1826, with the East India Company taking control of Assam?
7.... that Assam is a major producer of crude oil and it accounts for about 15% of India's crude output, exploited by the Assam Oil Company Ltd., natural gas in India and is the second place in the world (after Titusville in the United States)?
8....that presently Assam has 155 circles, 78 subdivisions and 33 districts and the last district Majuli is the first river island district in India.


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Geography: BrahmaputraMore

History: History of AssamBritish RajIndian independence movement1950 Assam earthquakeMore

Districts and cities: Districts of AssamKamrup (Metro)JorhatDibrugarhSonitpurBongaigaonMore

Tourism: • Kaziranga National ParkKamakhya TempleMajuliSivasagarBhalukpongPobitora Wildlife SanctuaryMore

Culture: AssameseLiteratureCinemaPeopleBihuHoliDurgapujaAli Ai LigangMore

People: Srimanta SankardevGopinath BordoloiBhupen HazarikaAnandaram BaruahBishnu RabhaMore

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