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Cultural Heritage of Assam

Author Sarit K. Chaudhuri, Mini Bhattacharyya Thakur
Year 2017
Binding Hardback
Pages 387
ISBN10, ISBN13 8121213428, 9788121213424
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The Title 'Cultural Heritage of Assam written/authored/edited by Sarit K. Chaudhuri, Mini Bhattacharyya Thakur', published in the year 2017. The ISBN 9788121213424 is assigned to the Hardcover version of this title. This book has total of pp. 387 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Gyan Publishing House. This Book is in English. The subject of this book is North East Studies.
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The book is an outcome of the National Seminar organized by IGRMS in collaboration with the Department of Anthropology, Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam. The volume comprises of 29 articles presented in the conference and dealt with the issues related with the various crucial aspects of the theme. The volume generates a vide understanding about the rich cultural heritage of Assam.

In fact, the domain of cultural heritage in the context of Assam is very vast; however, this book tries to focus on some of the areaswhich deserve attention from the contemporary perspective.

The book will be of immense interest to scholars and students of Anthropology, Sociology and Cultural studies and may lead to new researches to understand the people and the places of India’s North east.


Prof. Sarit K. Chaudhuri is the Director of National Museum of Mankind (IGRMS), Bhopal, under Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. During 2003–05, as a postdoctoral fellow of SOAS, UK, he worked in a five years collaborative project of SOAS, British Museum, CCRD, and Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh. He also worked with An SI, Shillong, as well as with Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh in the Department of Anthropology and AITS. He has published 9 books and 52 research papers. Currently he is the editor of Humankind an annual IGRMS journal and  also member of the 'Think Tank' formed by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

Mini Bhattacharyya Thakur has been a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology, Gauhati University since 1988. Presently she is a professor and head of department. She has a brilliant academic record and received her Masters' Degree from Delhi University and completed her Doctoral work on “Street food in urban Guwahati: An Anthropological Appraisal” under the supervision of Dr. A.C. Bhagabati of Gauhati University. Her research interests include food studies, medical anthropology and tribal development. She has published many scholarly articles in journals, books and reports of various organizations.


List of Tables . 9

List of Figures . 11

List of Contributors . 13

  1. Introduction . 15


— Sarit K. Chaudhuri, Mini Bhattacharyya Thakur

2. The Role of Ojãpãli in Creating Social Awareness and the Need to Reinstate it in the Modern Assamese Society . 25
— Aparna Goswami

3. An Attempt at Re-defining Caste, Tribe and Gender in Fifteenth Century Assam from the Neo-Vaishnavite Bhakti Perspective of Mahapurush Srimanta Šankaradeva and its Emphasis on
Democratisation of Bhakti . 35
—Archana Barua

4. Assamese Cuisine in Folk Literature and Economic Empowerment of Women through Assamese Cuisine . 55
— Archana Kalita

5. Role of Puppetry in the Development of Communication Skills in Children . 63
— Binita Devi, Simanta Sarma

6. Appeasing the Bamboo Deity in Assam: A Study with Special Reference to Bhatheli . 75
— Birinchi K. Medhi, Jilmil Bora

7. An Exploration of the Sacred Complex of Vasisthasrama of Assam . 89
— Birinchi K. Medhi, Kunal Choudhury

8. The Kaibartas of Assam: Economy and Society with Reference to Normative Coherence . 99
— Chandana Sarma

9. Religious Practices of Sarania Kachari Population of Kaljhar Village, Baska District, Assam.115
— Christene Bora and Tiluttoma Baruah

10. Preserving the Cultural Heritage in Contemporary Times: Public Awareness and Involvement. 125
— Gangotri Bhuyan

11. The Cultural Tradition of Khatara Satra of Darrang: A Study . 141
— Gitika Saharia

12. Nutritional Status of the Preschool Sonowal Kachari Children of Lakhimpur District, Assam.151
— Gulrukh Begum, Pankaja Dutta

13. Bamboo Traditional Craft and Its Importance in Assamese Culture . 165
— Lipika Sarmah       

14. Cultural Assimilation and Integration of the Partition-Displaced . 173
— Moushumi Dutta Pathak

15. Livelihood Change of Two Village Communities of a Flood Prone Area: A Cultural Ecological Perspective . 179
— Mondira Boruah

16. Dimensions of Namghar in a Tribal Village of Assam.  193
— Monimugdha Bhuyan

17. A Cultural Study of Myths and Performing Arts with Reference to Kherai Worship and Kherai Dance of the Bodos of Assam . 199
— Mridul Das

18. Silk Culture in Colonial Assam. 207
—Mridutpal Goswami

19. Festivals of the Kuki in Assam . 215
— Nancy C Malsawmtluangi Mini Bhattacharyya Thakur

20. Rhyme and Reason: Intersections of Oral Heritage and Vernacular Architecture in Assam.225
— Paramita Kakati

21. Traditional Food Practices among the Misings of Majuli . 233
— Parismita Saikia

22. Archaeological Remains of Guwahati City . 243
— Paromita Das

23. Ojà-Pàli: An Intangible Cultural Heritage of Assam (A Case Study) . 261
— Purabi Baruah Talukdar

24. Eating Habits and Indigenous Cuisines of the Karbi Tribe of Kamrup District, Assam. 279
— Ritu Geu Goswami, Mini Bhattacharyya Thakur

25. Matrimonial Laws of the Bodos of Assam: Impact on Women . 295
— R.P. Athparia

26. Protecting Tribal Cultures: The Role of State Instrumentalities . 319
— Rupa Barman Borgohain

27. Tradition and Change of the Kherai Dance . 331
— Rupashree Hazowary

28. Women’s Space in Performing Arts (Theatre) in Assam: From Jatra to Mobile Theatre. 343
— Sangeeta Kakoty

29. Transformative Context of Urbanisation and the Renegotiation of Cultural Heritage: A Case Study of the Karbis of Guwahati . 357
— Shabeena Yasmin Saikia

30. Disappearing Ceremonial Festivals Once Observed and Celebrated by the Garos in Assam.371
— Tharsush K. Sangma

Index . 379





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