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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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Bishnu Prasad Rava was a multifaceted artist and revolutionary singer of Assam. A doyen of the Arts, he is popularly known as Kala Guru. Bishnu Prasad Rava was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 31 January 1909. From an early stage, he played an active role in the struggle for Indian independence. He came to be influenced by left wing ideas and came close to the Communist Party of India. However, when Germany attacked Soviet Union during second world war and the Indian communists decided to work with the British government, a section of the party favoured a different approach - to oppose British imperialism and Fascism simultaneously. There are more than hundred songs composed by him. His songs are collectively called as Bishnu Rava Sangeet. This was a new genre of Assamese. (more...)

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A page of manuscript painting from Assam; The medieval painters used locally manufactured painting materials such as the colours of hangool and haital and papers manufactured from aloe-wood bark.

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8.... that there are 23 notified Scheduled Tribes (ST) in Assam?
9.... that the state song O Mur Apunar Dex was written by Lakshminath Bezbaruah and attuned by Kamala Prasad Agarwala. It was first published in 1909 in an Assamese magazine named Bahi ("flute")?
10.. that the Ledo Road or Stilwell Road was built during World War II so that the Western Allies could supply the Chinese as an alternative to the Burma Road which had been cut by the Japanese in 1942?
11.. that the Kaziranga Proposed Reserve Forest was created in 1905 to save the rhinoceros after visited the Kaziranga area Baroness Mary Victoria Leiter Curzon, wife of Lord Curzon, the Viceroy of India in 1904?
12.. that the Paik system was a type of corvee labour system on which the Ahom kingdom of medieval Assam was based?
13.. that Ajan Fakir was a Sufi Syed, poet, Muslim preacher and saint who came from Baghdad to settle in the Sibsagar area of Assam in the north-eastern part of India. His actual name was Hazarat Shah Syed Mainuddin?
14.. that Buranji (history of Assam) means "a store that teaches the ignorant" (in the Ahom language: bu ignorant person; ran teach; ji store)?
15.. that during Saraighat war Assamese general Lachit Borphukan beheaded his own uncle, when he neglected in his work?


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History: History of AssamBritish RajIndian independence movement1950 Assam earthquakeMore

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