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B.N. Goswamy
Vrindavan Vastra is a 400-year-old traditional textile from Assam, woven with the theme of Krishna’s various exploits. Prof. B.N. Goswamy traces the travels a particular piece from Assam to Tibet to London; from a Vaishnava setting to a Buddhist monastery; from being a hanging filled with ‘monsters…
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Simran Agarwal and Abhinav Gupta
Much like the role of a library, a museum’s responsibility is to make heritage a part of our lives. And to that end, the development of digital curation for cultural pursuits cannot be ignored anymore. Here’s a pick of lesser-known museums that have a virtual presence, enabling us to enrich our…
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Ankush Bhuyan
Jyotiprasad Agarwala was born in 1903 to Kironmoyee and Paramananda Agarwala in Tamulbari, Assam. This was a time when momentous developments were taking place throughout the sociopolitical landscape of India. The freedom struggle against the British control of India was growing in strength.…
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Dr Radha Das
Jyotiprasad Agarwala was born in 1903 to Kironmoyee and Paramananda Agarwala in Tamulbari, Assam. This was a time when momentous developments were taking place throughout the sociopolitical landscape of India. The freedom struggle against the British control of India was growing in strength.…
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Gaurav Rajkhowa
Introduction Poet, playwright, music composer and political activist, Jyotiprasad Agarwala (1903–51) is widely regarded as one of the brightest lights in the firmament of Assamese cultural nationalism. He left behind a corpus of over 300 songs set to self-composed melodies, popularly referred to as…
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Aparna Sharma
Introduction and Concerns Few cinemas in the world can claim that the first film in their history focused on a woman protagonist, depicted in politically assertive terms. Assamese cinema commands this distinction. The film in question is a freedom fighter and cultural pioneer Jyotiprasad Agarwala’s…
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Anirban Kapil Baishya
The name of Jyotiprasad Agarwala is intrinsically linked to the artistic milieu of modern Assam. An accomplished author, playwright, essayist and musician, Agarwala was the archetypal Renaissance man of twentieth-century Assam. Despite his many talents, it is perhaps for his cinematic achievements…
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Ankush Bhuyan
Ankush Bhuyan (AB): Tell us a little about yourself and your childhood. Satyashree Das (SD): When we were very young, we lost our parents, so we grew up with our uncles in Tezpur. We were with father for five years in Tamulbari, and I have vivid memories from those times. It was by the end of 1945…
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Ankush Bhuyan
Professor Choudhury is also an educationist, a published author, poet, orator and actor who has contributed widely in the field of arts and culture in Assam. Ankush Bhuyan (AB): Sir, when was your introduction to Jyotiprasad Agarwala? Prof Amarjyoti Choudhury (AC): It was through recitation of…
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B.N. Goswamy
Two books on the life and times of Burma in the early 20th century talk about Burmese silk having been 'introduced from Assam and China at an early date along the Irrawaddy Valley'. Prof. B.N. Goswamy talks about how 'hundreds of these Muneepoorian captives were put to weaving' in Burma in the…
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