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Top 5 Books on Assam: Recommendation by Category

Reading books creates a word where you and the writer can drift away into another world. To drift away to Assam and know about it, you have to read books on Assam. We have curated a list of top 5 books on each and every aspect of Assam.

In this post, we have divided books on Assam into 8 categories like history, culture, tradition, land, its people etc. We will list 5 best books from each category for you to read.

Assam is a state in Northeast India, situated south of the eastern Himalayas along the Brahmaputra and Barak River valleys. It is endowed with enchanting and heart throbbing natural beauty. It is the most perfect travel destination of India for tourists.

Books on Assam

Table of Books by Category

BOOKS ON ASSAMASSAM HISTORY BOOKSBOOKS ON ASSAM'S GEOGRAPHYBOOKS ON ASSAM'S CULTUREBOOKS ON TEA OF ASSAMBOOKS ON ASSAM'S TRIBEBOOKS ON GREAT LEADERS OF ASSAMBOOKS ON ARTS, HANDICRAFT, ETC OF ASSAM
Know Your State Assam By Arihant PublicationA History Of Assam By Sir Edward GaitGeography Of Assam By Abani K. Bhagabati, EtcA Socio-Cultural & Economic History Of AssamA Tea Planter's Life In AssamFolk Culture Of The Misings Of Assam: Tradition And ChangeThe Lion Of Assam: 'Karmavir' Nabin Chandra BordoloiAssam: A Journey Through Its Textiles
Assam Year Book 2021- An Approach To General KnowledgeThe History Of Assam From Yandabo To PartitionHistorical Geography Of Medieval AssamFolk Culture Of Assam: A Brief History Of Ancient AssamOne Hundred Years Of Servitude ? Political Economy Of Tea Plantations In Colonial AssamSociety, Economy, Religion And Festivals Of Tiwas In AssamSrimanta Sankaradeva: Vaishnava Saint Of AssamBihu Festival Of Assam: Music, Dance & Performance
Assam History, Art And CultureBrief History Of Assam By N.N AcharyeeAssam A Systematic GeographyAssam: Its Heritage And CultureTea Plantation Workers Of Assam And The Indian National Movement, 1921-1947Tribes And Castes Of AssamGopinath BordoloiHandicrafts In Assam
Assam A State Study GuideHistory Of Ancient AssamAssam: Land And PeopleDiscovering The Heritage Of AssamSocio-Economic And Political Condition Of The Female Tea Garden Workers Of South Assam And Their Reflection In Literature And CultureThe Bodos: Emergence And Assertion Of An Ethnic MinorityJyoti Prasad Agarwala : Ancestors And TamulbariMuga Silk The Golden Silk Of Assam
Amazing North East AssamAssam History To The Point Physical And Political Geography Of The Province Of AssamBrahmaputra And The Assam ValleyTea In Assam: A Pamphlet On The Origin, Culture, And Manufacture Of Tea In AssamKarbi History: Past And PresentBiography Of Bhupen Hazarika: Inspirational Biographies For ChildrenIndigenous Industries Of Assam

Top 5 Books of Assam: Category Wise

Books on Assam

#1. KNOW YOUR STATE ASSAM

This book on Assam has complete coverage of history, geography, economy and polity. It also includes art & culture of Assam with latest current updates

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Pages: 188Author: Arihant Publication
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type:  Paperback | Kindle Publication Year: 2020

#2. ASSAM YEAR BOOK 2021- AN APPROACH TO GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

This book provides enough information about Assam and its neighbour states Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura. The book on Assam  covers History, Geography, Economy, Polity, Society, Culture of Assam and other relevant information with a huge collection of data.

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Pages: 533Author: Sakir Alam
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type:  Paperback Publication Year: 2021

#3.  ASSAM HISTORY, ART AND CULTURE

Assam History, Art and Culture By Shekhar Bhattacharjee is a book on  Assam that contains the history of Assam from ancient to modern history.  It also contains Assam’s art and culture and Assamese literature. 

In this book every topic is described properly and in a comprehensive way to make Assam history more easy to understand.This book is also useful for those who are interested in learning more and want to expand their General Knowledge about the rich history and culture of Assam.

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Pages: Author: Sakir Alam
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type:  Paperback Publication Year: 2021

#4. Assam A State Study Guide

If you are a tourist, then this book on Assam is a must read for you. It contains a comprehensive overview on Assam’s history, culture, geography, polity, etc

The book on Assam is an asset for all scholars, researchers, teachers, students and of course, the general readers.

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Pages: 212Author: Piyush Gogoi
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type: Hardcover Publication Year: 2019

#5. Amazing North East Assam

In India, the Northeastern region is quite charming and interesting enough to be known about. Among the eight Northeastern States, Assam is the scout of the area and gateway to the eight States. 

This small but comprehensive and compact book on Assam has all information, within one cover. ItThis book is all for  those interested in knowing about northeastern India, be they scholars, researchers, journalists, students or general readers. This book in Assam  is , ‘Knowledge in Nutshell’.

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Pages: 288Author: Aribam Indubala Devi
Language: EnglishPrice:  Click Here
Type:  HardcoverPublication Year: 2010

Assam History Books

#1. A HISTORY OF ASSAM BY SIR EDWARD GAIT 

A history of Assam by S.E Gait is one of the popular history books of Assam. It provides a great insight of ancient and medieval  Assam from the 4th to 15th century.

There are many history books on ancient greater Assam. It was only the Britishers who started recording historical events after their arrival. S.E Gait, former British Indian company officer posted in Assam has done a remarkable job in writing this book.

He retrieved most of the historical facts,events, records from  different sources.He involved multiple tribes of Assam and neighbouring countries. He recorded their kingdoms, conflicts, migration and invasion. 

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Pages: 432Author: S.E. Gait
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type: Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle | Print on DemandPublication Year: 2017

#2.THE HISTORY OF ASSAM FROM YANDABO TO PARTITION

This Assam History Book covers an important period of modern North East India. It contains the history of Assam from the Treaty of Yandabo (1826) till Partition of 1947. Treaty of Yandabo of 1826 is the beginning of British expansion in the NorthEast Region.

Besides, detailed history of colonial expansion, it also analyzes the important social, cultural and economic changes during the period.

Pages: 300Author: Priyam Goswami
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type: PaperbackPublication Year: 2012

#3. Brief History of Assam

This history book on Assam, contains the history of Assam from ancient to medieval times.It describes briefly every aspect of Assam’s History.

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Pages: 304Author: N.N.Acharyya
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type:  Paperback | Hardcover Publication Year: 2018

#4. HISTORY OF ANCIENT ASSAM

This book on Assam’s History contains ancient history of Assam from earliest time to 1228 A.D. It contains history of Assam of Prehistoric period, Ancient Period and Medieval Period till 1228 A.D

Pages: 230Author: Sanjay Sen
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#5. ASSAM HISTORY TO THE POINT

The book covers all aspects of Assam History in a lucid manner and easy to learn and understand format. This book is a must for those who want to know the history of Assam.

 Few things are repeated in different chapters to create a connectivity of the content. This book is to the point to serve the examination purpose only rather than searching the background of facts.

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Pages: 630Author: Dwipayan Das
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type: Paperback | KindlePublication Year: 2020

Books on Geography of Assam

#1. Geography of Assam

This geography book on Assam covers all possible aspects of Geography of Assam. It covers Natural resources, rivers, National parks and Wildlife sanctuaries of Assam, etc.

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Pages: 328Author: Abani K. Bhagabati, Bimal K. Kar, A.K Bora
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type: HardcoverPublication Year: 2012

#2. HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY OF MEDIEVAL ASSAM

The book on Assam contains topics of Geography of Assam from both ancient and medieval Assam. The topography of Assam is written  in a lucid and vivid manner. It contains geography topics of Assam starting from ancient times upto 1826 AD. The book’s chapters are divided into explain each topic of geography of Assam.

It contains chapters on Hills and Mountains, the Rivers and Lakes, Administrative Divisions; Cities and Towns; Religious Institutions and Sites; Villages and Routes and Roads. Author has collected a lot of minute details about the geography of Medieval Assam. It is collected and indexed in a convenient manner.

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Pages: 488Author: NITYANANDA GOGOI
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type:  Paperback | HardcoverPublication Year: 2016

#3. Assam A Systematic Geography

The political map of Assam has undergone many changes since independence and the present state has many socio-economic problems. The physical geography of the state has largely shaped its economy and infrastructure base. 

The geography book on Assam  to highlight the geographical settings which exerts their influence on the various groups of people and their activities. 

This book objectively examines all the important issues relating to the economy, planning and development of this small but important state of India. 

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Pages: 264Author: N.N. Bhattacharya
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type:  Paperback Publication Year: 2011

#4. Assam: Land and People

If you want to know about the geography, people etc of Assam  in detail this book is a must read. It is divided into 18 chapters ranging from geology of Assam to Immigration and Reorganisation of Assam.

This book also contain details about climate, natural vegetation, infrastructure, etc of Assam. It also contains land tenure and land reforms of Assam. Moreover, it talks about khadi and village industries of Assam.

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Pages: 532Author: R. Gopalakrishnan
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type:  HardcoverPublication Year: 2000

#5. Physical and Political Geography of the Province of Assam

This is one of the oldest books on Assam ever written in geography. It was written in 1896. It contains details of the geography of Assam in that period.

This book is divided into 8 chapters. It mainly contains the administrative division of Assam,land settlement system, civil divisions of british territory and details of census.

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Pages: 240Author: Unknown
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type:  Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle Publication Year: 2019

Books on Culture of Assam

#1. A Socio-Cultural & Economic History of Assam

If you want to know the culture of Assam , this book on Assam’s culture is a must read.It is a unique book covering Socio-Culture and Economic History of Assam. Book is very interesting to read. Lots of facts are there regarding Assamese culture. The quality of the content in this book is better than the counterparts on similar subjects.

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Pages: 664Author: Dr. Sanjay Sen
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type:  Paperback Publication Year: 2016

#2. Folk Culture of Assam: A brief History of ancient Assam

Assam is a mixture of diverse cultures. The peoplestate of Assam are an intermixture of various racial stocks such as Mongoloid, Indo-Burmese, Indo-Iranian and Aryan. This book on Assam is about its diverse folk culture.

This book covers the culture of various  tribes in Assam and their unique tradition, culture, dress and exotic way of life. 

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Pages: 23Author: Sakir Alam
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type:  PaperbackPublication Year: 2021

#3. Assam: Its Heritage and Culture

Assam has a rich heritage and culture. This book on Assam’s culture has descriptive details from ancient times. It contains contributions of Assam in British Administrative System and Freedom Movement.

This book also has descriptions of geographical structure, social and economical structure, language and literature of Assam. It also contains details of Vaishnav Sect in Assam and Shrimant Shankardev

Besides, it  contains about the great personalities of Assam like Jyotiprasad Aggarwal, Dr Bhupen Hazarika ,GopiNath Bordoloi. Not to mention, it has a Tourist Guide Index.

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Pages: 236Author: Chandra Bushan
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type:  Hardcover Publication Year: 2004

#4. Discovering the Heritage of Assam

The book on Assam “Discovering the Heritage of Assam”  contains a comprehensive look at the nature, culture and traditions  of Assam. The contents of the book truly symbolize the true essence of Assam’s Culture and Heritage.

It has a vivid description of the history of Assam, beginning from the Paleolithic age to the British Era.  

This book on Assam is divided into five broad chapters–Ancient Period Heritage, Medieval Period Heritage, Modern Heritage, Natural Heritage and Living Heritage . 

Above all, this book contains beautiful photographs and informative illustrations of the various heritage sites of Assam.

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Pages: 158Author: Padmapani Bora
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type:  Hardcover Publication Year: 2020

#5.  Brahmaputra And The Assam Valley

The book “Brahmaputra and the Assam Valley” contains an illustrated journey of the people of the Brahmaputra Valley. As Brhmaputra enters Assam through the eastern Himalayan foothills and flows into the sea in the west. It has many stories: of kings and queens, of heroism and poetry and of festivals and dance.This book contains all of them.

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Pages: 168Author: Ranjita Biswas
Language: EnglishPrice:Hardcover₹ 1196
Type:  HardcoverPublication Year: 2014

Books on Tea of Assam

#1. A TEA PLANTER’S LIFE IN ASSAM

This book of Assam revolves around the tea planters life of the British Era.The book has a fascinating account of a tea planter‘s life. The book was written by Geroge M Baker in 1883..

This book of Assam’s Tea contains information about tea from the planter’s perspective. It has details about the tea planting, its growth and manufacturer.

It also contains about the culture and surround the tea estate, about humans and animal of the tea estate.

The book is divided into 10 chapters. The chapter is divided in such a manner how the writer goes from his homeland to the tea estate of Assam.

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Pages: 260Author: George M Barker
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type:  Paperback | HardcoverPublication Year: 2008

#2. ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SERVITUDE – POLITICAL ECONOMY OF TEA PLANTATIONS IN COLONIAL ASSAM

This book on Assam presents a hundred-year history of tea plantations in the Assam (Brahmaputra) Valley during British colonial rule in India. It explores a world where more than two million migrant laborers worked in tea plantations.

It contains the history of the early development of the tea industry. The book also describes the process of labor mobilization and the nature of labor relations in the tea plantations. 

The book also provides statistics on production and examines the role of the colonial state of British.

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Pages: 404Author: Rana Behal
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type:  Hardcover Publication Year: 2017

#3. TEA PLANTATION WORKERS OF ASSAM AND THE INDIAN NATIONAL MOVEMENT, 1921-1947

The book “Tea Plantation Workers of Assam and the Indian National Movement, 1921-1947” studies the various phases of workers’ politics in the tea plantations of Assam.  And its role of nationalist leaders in moulding the fate of these workers. 

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Pages: 380Author: Bikash Nath
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type:  Hardcover | KindlePublication Year: 2016

#4. SOCIO-ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL CONDITION OF THE FEMALE TEA GARDEN WORKERS OF SOUTH ASSAM AND THEIR REFLECTION IN LITERATURE AND CULTURE

This book on Assam contains a description of the administrative system of tea gardens in Assam in British times.It talks about the three-tier management system and garden owners.

It contains details about the exploitation of the tea labourers by the administrator.Though the central and the state governments have adopted various welfare schemes for the tea community, yet they never reach the hands of the beneficiaries and rather gets lost in between.

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Pages: 230Author: Dr. Barunjyoti Choudhury
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type:  PaperbackPublication Year: 2021

#5. Tea in Assam: A Pamphlet on the Origin, Culture, and Manufacture of Tea in Assam

This  books on Assam’s Tea give historical details of tea in Assam. It is divided into seven chapters that contains details about, tea plantation, tea labor migration, tea planters life etc.

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Pages: 76Author: Samuel Baildon
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type:  Paperback | HardcoverPublication Year: 2017

Books on Tribe of Assam

#1. Folk Culture of the Misings of Assam: Tradition and Change

The book on Assma’s Tribe  is an in-depth study of the socio-cultural life of the Mising tribe of Assam,  Mising are the second largest among the plain tribes of Assam. 

This book contains in detail about  their folk art, craft, architecture, costumes and ornaments and food. It  also examines the way their traditional life pattern and legends, myths and tales are interwoven. You will find this book  extremely interesting and informative.

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Pages:  228Author: Ashok Sarma
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type: HardcoverPublication Year: 2021

#2. Society, Economy, Religion And Festivals of Tiwas In Assam

This book on Assam’s Tribe provides an insight of both  groups of Tiwas- Plains Tiwas as well as the Hill Tiwas. It contains information about Tiwa’s society, economy, religion and their festive occasions. 

Besides, it also contains information on their village organizations, clans, property rights, inheritance, and the rituals performed. It is well written piece of documents on Tiwas.

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Pages: 215Author: Bandana Baruah
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type:  Paperback | HardcoverPublication Year: 2012

#3. Tribes and Castes of Assam

This book on Assam contains details of each tribe of Assam. The  book covers the description of Assam and the ethnology of the tribes and castes.You can consider this book on Assam as a multidisciplinary book on Anthropology and Sociology. 

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Pages: 495Author: Sirpa Sen
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type: HardcoverPublication Year: 2009

#4. The Bodos: Emergence and Assertion of an Ethnic Minority

This book on Assam’s tribe talks about the history of the Bodo tribe of Assam. It traces different phases of history through which the Bodos emerged as the most dominant ethnic minority of Assam.

The book contains 7 chapters from what happened in the early history of Assam and its connection with the Bodo tribe. It ends with confrontation to militancy.

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Pages: 178Author: Sujit Choudhury
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type:  Paperback Publication Year: 2013

#5. Karbi History:Past and Present

Karbis are one of the major ethnic groups in Northeast India, especially in the hill regions of Assam. Like many other tribes of the Northeast, Karbs did not have a written language and hence there is no written history about their origin, migration and settlement. 

This book on Karbi’s history tells  where the Karbis came from and how their identity is formed at present. 

Historiography of Northeast is obscure regarding the origin of Karbis even today. This book is divided into five thematic sections on the basis of major themes – General History, Culture & Literature, Politics, Economy and Ecology & Indigenous Knowledge 

Thus, this book on Assam’s tribe will give you vast knowledge on  past and present perspectives of Karbi tribes of Assam.

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Pages: 230Author: Vulli Dhanaraju , Dharamsing Teron
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type:  PaperbackPublication Year: 2021

Books on Great Leaders of Assam

#1. The Lion of Assam: ‘Karmavir’ Nabin Chandra Bordoloi

This book on Assam’s Great Leader Karmavir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi who joined Mahatma Gandhi’s non cooperation movement. 

Karmavir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi -a true lover of his motherland ,a great disciple of Mahatma Gandhi joined the freedom struggle of India at the beacon call of Gandhiji . The book includes Karmavir’s many devotional songs and poems which he wrote for his motherland.

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Pages: 172Author: Dr. Prabir Kumar Bordoloi
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type:  Paperback | KindlePublication Year: 2020

#2. Srimanta Sankaradeva: Vaishnava Saint of Assam

This book on Assam conts the life of Srimanta Sankaradeva.Srimanta Sankaradeva, the Vashnava Saint of Assam, is revered most as a religious reformer of Assam. 

This book tells about  Srimanta Sankaradeva’s literary and artistic activities  it also contains his work –  hymn, a verse for chanting, dramas for the stage, dance forms.This book attempts to give an overview of the life and works of the multi-faceted genius encompassing art, literature, music, dance and drama.

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Pages: 110Author: Bimal Phukan
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type:  Paperback | Hardcover | KindlePublication Year: 2017

#3. Gopinath Bordoloi 

Gopinath Bordoloi was a Prime Minister of undivided Assam before independence and later Chief Minister of the Indian state of Assam; and also a leading Indian independence activist. This book on Assam’s great leader give details life and work of Gopinath Bordoloi in lucent manner.

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Pages: 215Author: Aruna Asaf Ali
Language: EnglishClick Here
Type:  KindlePublication Year: 2016

#4. Jyoti Prasad Agarwala : Ancestors And Tamulbari

Jyotiprasad Agarwala was a music composer, poet, dramatist, filmmaker, social and political activist. Jyotiprasad Agarwala was born in 1903 to Kironmoyee and Paramananda Agarwala in Tamulbari, Assam.

This book on Assam’s Great leader contains a biography of Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, hi ancestors and place of birth.

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Pages: 112Author: Kalpana Lajmi
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type:  HardcoverPublication Year: 2019

#5. Biography of Bhupen Hazarika: Inspirational Biographies for Children

Bhupen Hazarika was a multifaceted Indian artist from Assam. He was famously referred to as the uncrowned king of North-Eastern India’s cultural world. Moreover, he is best described as an extraordinarily talented person who was a poet, music composer, singer, actor, journalist, author and a renowned film-maker of the very highest repute. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award in 2019.

This book contains a biography of him for children and also adults. . It coloring pictures related to Dr. Bhupen Hazarika.

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Pages: 154Author: Sumit Kumar
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type:  KindlePublication Year: 2021

Books on Arts, Handicraft, etc of Assam

#1. Assam: A Journey Through its Textiles

This book on Assam’s Textile. Is a large, beautifully produced hardbound volume. There are detailed discussions on the geography and history of Assam, and a lot of excellent information about the textile arts and tribal people of Assam. 

It contains numerous photographs which show people in their traditional costumes, weavers at their looms, and close-ups of the textiles showing details on the brocaded patterns. This book would be a fine addition to any institutional or personal library. 

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Pages: 250Author:  Krishna Sarma with Savitha Suri and Shaheen Desai
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type:  Hardcover | Kindle Publication Year: 2019

#2. Bihu Festival of Assam: Music, Dance & Performance

Bihu is the most important festival of Assam. There are three types of Bihu- Rongali celebrated in April, Kongali celebrated in October and Bhogali celebrated in January.

This book contains a visual and stunning description of the Bihu festival of Assam. It has 7 chapters that contains music, dance, instruments, performance of Bihu in details

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Pages: 182Author: Btpola Borah
Language: EnglishClick Here
Type: HardcoverPublication Year: 2021

#3. Handicrafts in Assam

Assam is one of the most important states of India known for its beautiful handicrafts. Despite the considerable richness and variety of handicrafts in Assam, there are few books on this topic.

This book on Assam’s handicraft gives description on the role of handicrafts in the social and economic life of the people of this land, the present work is significant. 

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Pages: 294Author: Krishna Jyoti Handique
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type: HardcoverPublication Year: 2010

#4. Muga Silk the Golden Silk of Assam

The history of silk industry in Assam dates back to the 11th Century, when Dharma pal wivited 26 families of weavers to settle in Sualkuchi village in Assam. 

This books on Assam’s Muga Silk covers the history of silk, traditional use, past and present industry, etc.

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Pages: 23Author: Sailajananda Saikia
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type:  Paperback Publication Year: 2021

#5. Indigenous Industries of Assam

This book on Assam contains the history of Indegious industry of Assam from 1970 to 1925. It covers the socio-economic structure of pre colonial Assamese society and its correlation with the artisanal population and production.

The book also describes the slow formation of a layer in the homogeneous national character of the Assamese bourgeoisie with swadeshi enterprise as a new mode of production.

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Pages: 425Author: Sudeshna Purkayastha
Language: EnglishPrice: Click Here
Type: HardcoverPublication Year: 2005

Conclusion

We have covered almost 40 books on Assam. You will get a thorough knowledge of Assam. There is hardly any other state which has greater variety and color in its natural scenery and in the cultural treasures of the people that inhabit it.

ZIAUL
ZIAUL
My name is Ziaul. I have been living in Guwahati since my birth. Guwahati is the "Gateway of North East India" and the meeting ground of diverse cultures. In this blog, I will provide you a simplified version of the trending topics on Guwahati and Assam. I hope, my articles will be helpful and useful to bring Guwahati and Assam to the front page of the world.
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