TEZPUR UNIVERSITY

Centre for Assamese Studies

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Welcome to Centre for Assamese Studies

The Prime aim of the Centre is to undertake and foster intensive and innovative study and research in Assamese Language, Literature and Culture in their varied dimensions adopting a wide perspective and all-encompassing worldview


Vision

  • To be a research centre of Assamese language, literature, culture and tradition.
  • To be a full-fledged department of Assamese with Post Graduate programme that would serve to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people
  • To start an innovative post-graduate degree course with special emphasis on i) the study of Assamese Literature in a comparative perspective, ii) sensitizing students to the cultural and linguistic diversity of the northeast, iii) manuscript studies and iv) textual criticism.

Mision

To undertake and foster intensive and innovative study and research in Assamese Language, Literature and Culture in their varied dimensions adopting a wide perspective and an all-encompassing worldview.

Centre for Assamese Studies

Digital Library

The holdings of this digital library comprise some select publications of the Centre for Assamese studies, namely, two Srimanta Sankaradeva Lectures (2015-2016), and two special lectures; sāci bark manuscripts obtained from Barpeta Sattra; classics of Assamese literature like Madhava Kandali’s Ramayana, the complete works of Sankaradeva and Madhavadeva, the Assamese Mahabharata, the works of Rama Saraswati, Ananta Kandali and others; the works of K.K.Handiqui (1898-1982), diaries and private papers of Sahityarathi Lakshminath Bezbaroa (1864-1938), Padmanath Gohain Borooah (1871-1946), K.K.Handiqui(1898-1982), Jyotiprasad Agarwala (1903-1951), Chandrabala Barua (1907-1983), Maheswar Neog (1915-1995), Praphulladatta Goswami(1919-1994) and Ajit Barua (1926-2015) and the 1956 University of Paris Doctor of Science dissertation of Jyotiprasad Medhi (1924-2017); a manuscript Assamese-Hindi dictionary compiled by Jonaram Hazarika (1920-2008), formerly Assistant teacher of Hindi at Jamuguri Girls’ H.E. School; documents relating to the establishment, growth and development of Gauhati University; proceedings of various sessions of Asom Sahitya Sabha and the history of the Sabha; biographies and autobiographies; publications on health and agriculture &c; works on the history of Assam, Assamese language, literature and culture; the vamśavalīs (genealogies) and books, many of them rare and out-of-print, published during 1880-1950 and newspapers and periodicals like The Times of Assam, Bāhī, Āsām Bāndhav, Āsām Bilāsinī, Arun, Dekā Asam, Dainik Bātori, Awahan, Surabhi, Bihlangani, Ramdhenu, Sadiniya Navayug and Nilachal among others.



OUR RESEARCH PROJECTS

Accomplished Research Projects:


Current Research Projects taken up at CAS

  • Translation of Narayan’s Malayalam novel Kocharethi: The Araya Woman (1998) from its acclaimed English version (Catherine Thankamma, OUP, 2011) into Assamese (Completed) – by Juri Dutta
  • A Comparative Study of Literary Texts by Women Writers in India (With special reference to Mamoni Raisom Goswami, Mahasweta Devi, Sudha Murthy, Mamang Dai and Temsula Ao,) – by Juri Dutta
  • Publication of Arhi Tiruta (1919) by Swarnalata Ray with an introduction and critical notes (Completed) – by Sanjib Pol Deka
  • Anthology of Assamese Prose (From Beginning to the Nineteenth Century) – by Sanjib Pol Deka