Tezpur- The Cultural Capital of Assam
The word ‘Tez’ in Assamese means blood, and the word ‘pur’ means a place, a city or a town. Therefore both together the name Tezpur means a place full of Blood. On the other hand, blood is the fluid of life, sustaining our life and giving us energy to live and work.
True to its name, Tezpur has been an important hub of the literary and cultural life of Assam from the ancient times. The famous battle of Hari and Hara, the romantic episode of Usha & Aniruddha, the artistic talent of Chitralekha are a few instances of the past glory of which Tezpur can boast of. Now, it has becomes an academic nerve-centre of the state, which is bejeweled by reputed Institutions like Tezpur University, Indian Statistical Institute, LGB Regional Institute of Mental Health, Tezpur Medical College and Hospital, Girijananda Chowdhury Institute of Management and Technology besides the other prestigious educational institutes like Darrang College, Tezpur College, L.G.B. Girl’s College etc.
Even in the recent past cultural icons of Assam like Roop Konwar Jyoti Prasad Agarwalla, Kala Guru Bishnu Prasad Rabha, Nata Surya Phani Sarma, Sahitya-Acharya Padma Nath Gohain Baruah and Sudhakantha Dr. Bhupen Hazarika had immensely contributed to Assam and to the entire north-east by making Tezpur as their working platform. It is perhaps due to these and some other justified reasons, Tezpur is rightly called the cultural capital of Assam.