Assam

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Mithu Biswas
This text interview highlights the journeys of three avant-garde non-proscenium theatre forms in Assam as depicted by one representative practitioner from each group—Badungduppa Kalakendra of Rampur, Goalpara; Replica Theatre Village of Jorhat; and Silchar-based Chorus. These groups have cultivated…
in Interview
Mithu Biswas
Beyond the mainstream genres of theatre in Assam, experimental non-proscenium forms have taken centre stage in the last decade of the twentieth century. Indigenous folk theatre forms like ankiya naat, bhaona, mobile theatre, and proscenium theatre constituted the history of theatre in Assam till…
in Module
Mithu Biswas
The recorded history of theatre in Assam goes back to the sixteenth century. The first written drama in this land, a unique form of theatrical performance known as bhaona (Fig. 1), was created by Srimanta Shankaradeva (1449–1568), who wrote Chinha-Yatra as the first ankiya naat (one-act play).  Fig…
in Overview
Chandrica Barua
Tai is a large ethnic group consisting of various subgroups currently scattered mainly across parts of Southeast Asia and South Asia (especially, Northeast India) having followed different patterns of migration from their original homeland, believed to be in Yunnan, China. The meaning of the word ‘…
in Overview
Md Shalim Muktdir Hussain
Gasshi is an agricultural festival celebrated in Assam on the eve and the first day of the Kati/Kartik month. While Kati Bihu is the Assamese festival usually associated with the arrival of Kartik and is celebrated by the majority of Assamese population, Gasshi is celebrated by the Bengal-origin…
in Module
Md Shalim Muktadir Hussain
Assam is a land of many peoples. Through the centuries several communities and tribes from Myanmar, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan, and other Indian states such as Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and parts of Northeast India made this state their home. Over time, these different cultures commingled to give rise…
in Overview
Md Shalim Muktdir Hussain
An acclaimed writer and public intellectual, Dr Ahmed is the founder president of the Char Chapori Sahitya Parishad, an organisation that works towards promoting the literature and culture of the char chapori (river islands and river banks) residents of Assam. Although he writes poetry, fiction and…
in Interview
Chandrica Barua
Having left their ancient homeland in Yunnan in present-day southwest China in the thirteenth century, and wandering until they reached Assam in the nineteenth century, the Tai Khamyangs’ inherited history correlates to the stability of a past affiliation and of current belonging to a community—…
in Article
Chandrica Barua
A resident of Na Shyam Gaon in Jorhat district of Assam, he traces his lineage to Pangyuk, one of the nine original Khamyang leaders who came to present-day Assam. Dr Shyam has worked extensively to conserve indigenous Tai Khamyang knowledge and promote studies related to the Tai people and…
in Interview