(Last Updated on : 31-08-2013)
Arts of Assam
are quite ancient and the earliest specimens of arts in the state of Assam are the Mauryan stupas which have been discovered near the district of Goalpara
which belong to the time period of 300 BC to 100 AD. The archaeological site of Daparvatiya or 'Doporboteeya' has revealed a magnificent doorframe in the area of Tezpur
which is considered as one of the finest instances of art works in Assam.
Scholars believe that the Sarnath
School of Art of the late Gupta
era has motivated the designs of the art works found here. Numerable sculptures and other works of art have been unearthed from over 40 archaeological sites in Assam. Interesting creations of art belonging to the Middle Ages, which include motifs and sculptures of temples and palaces, have been excavated. Patterns adorning the walls of buildings like Joydoul, Rang Ghar and others exhibit excellent artwork.
Another renowned old tradition of the state of Assam is painting. Historical records have declared that King Kamarupa
and King Bhaskaravarma had offered beautiful paintings as gifts to Harshavardhana
. These paintings were performed on Assamese silk. Some outstanding paintings have been discovered from ancient manuscripts like the Gita Govinda and 'Hastividyarnava' or A Treatise on Elephant
s' and 'Chitra Bhagawata'. Assamese literature
belonging to the medieval era has also spoken about 'patuas' and 'chitrakars'.
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