Unique Journey Of Assam Type Houses

The Assam type House is a distinctive legacy of the State and one of the most remarkable inheritance of the region’s heritage. These houses,  seen throughout the State of Assam, are decreasing by the day. Only a few have survived as a testament to their physical and structural durability. Aesthetically beautiful to look at, these houses were best suited to the climate and its ecosystem. Standing elegant amidst verdant green surroundings, they were built making the best use of local resources and technology. Once the pride of the State, today these houses stand with a wistful longing for their past glory except for a few of them, which have been painstakingly maintained to keep their glory alive. It was in this context the concept of Aakriti was born. A group of friends from various professional backgrounds connected and embarked on a challenging journey to create a coffee table book on the unique Assam type houses. Old homes and houses are fast disappearing and this could be the last chance to portray and document these fascinating houses.

A classic Assam Type Home in Chenikuthi, Guwahati, Photo Credit – Aakriti, A Coffee table book

The book captured a very wide spectrum of houses ranging from middle class Assamese family homes to the very elite bungalows of business and cultural icons and government residences and public institutions. The ambitious project of producing photographic and literary accounts involved capturing architectural elegance and exploring sociological evolution of the houses from early 1900s to mid-20th century. The team comprising of writers, researchers, photographers had their own experience in contributing to the creation of this book

The interview with the homeowners and the photography presented rare opportunities to learn and understand the richness of these families their passion in painstakingly maintaining these houses, which would otherwise have gone into oblivion in the coming decades, The writers have written with spontaneity and passion bring alive the interesting anecdotes and memoirs about the houses.

The entire exercise was a journey of discovering and understanding passion & resilience, knowledge & history, and lifestyle & opulence of the by gone era. While the team traversed the hills and vales of Assam quaint little towns and villages, tea garden clocking almost 7000 km identifying houses, interviewing homeowners the sole regret is that many of the houses still could not be discovered & identified and  documented.

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