ASSAM HISTORY – ON THE TRAIL OF AHOM KINGDOM | DOCUMENTARY FILM

ASSAM HISTORY – ON THE TRAIL OF AHOM KINGDOM | DOCUMENTARY FILM

On March 2017, an extensive journey spanning over several weeks in Assam was undertaken to rebuild from the widely dispersed and few surviving physical remnants, the story of a kingdom that flourished for 600 years from 1228 A.D to 1826 A.D. With a long succession of kings, this is the fascinating tale of a kingdom that has witnessed both the highs and lows of time.

A Kingdom founded on the beautiful Brahmaputra valley with its unique geographic terrain and weather. This is the story of Ahom Kingdom.

The story has been presented in “chronological sequence” so that the video can be viewed chapter wise. Hence, one can watch the whole video in multiple sittings chapter wise.

Following are the chapters in sequential order :

1. A Prince’s quest to Patkai 1215 A.D
2. The Search for a Capital 1228-1252 A.D
3. The King Establishes his First Capital – Charaideo 1253 A.D
4. Tete-A-Tete with “Sudangpha” or “Brahmin Prince” “Bamuni Kunwar” 1397 -1407 A.D
6. March to a New Capital – Garhgaon Karengghar 1540 A.D
8. The King Takes a Pledge to restore lost glory 1665 A.D (Lead up to Historic battle of Saraighat 1671 A.D)

A film made for purely nonprofit and educational awareness, following objectives are expected to be met:
1. Historical awareness as documentary films, visual medium has more reach than books
2. Sense of preservation of these historical legacies
3. Global awareness of the rich history and promoting “heritage tourism”

For those interested in exploring the history, particularly of Ahom kingdom further, additional resources :

– Battle of Saraighat : A fresh look at the battlefield tactics and strategies involved (
– A Documentary of Charaideo District Sonari (
– Lachit Borpukan – The hero of Assam (
– History Of Assam with special reference to Ahom Dynasty (
– Assam History I On the trail of Ahom Kingdom (
– Assam History I Charaideo Maidams (
– Historical Place of Sivasagar (Content is good, although production quality has scope for improvement) (
– Pratidin Time | Assam historical monuments | Part 2 (এলাগী ঐতিহ্য)
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-Ahom Stories of Tipam; Myung dunn chun kham
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– Talatal Ghar -A teaser
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For those interested in visuals – pan shots, closeups, aerial views :

– Talatal Ghar, Sivasagar (Historical Monument of Assam)

– Jaysagar Temple (Jaydol) and Jaysagar Tank | Sivasagar | Assam
– Rangghar Aerial View explored

– JOYSAGAR: NEVER SEEN BEFORE AERIAL FOOTAGE | SIBSAGAR, ASSAM

– Sivasagar – the historical place in Assam.

– Charaideo, Garhgaon, Talatal Ghar remains to be aerially explored. So, go ahead and someone do it.

For text resources :
– “History of Assam” by Edward Gait
– “The Ahoms” by Arup Kr Dutta
– Navin Buragohain’s extensive coverage of Ahom era is found in Sivasagar book shops and also, just outside the historical sites
– “The war drums of the eagle King” by PW Ingty
– The Encyclopedia of North East India, Vol I

– Town planning cum Architectural Layout of Garhgaon and Rongpur

-The Travelling Slacker blog is very informative

– French Traveller Tavernier’s chapters on Assam on his Memoirs from India
– Charaideo Research paper in International Journal

– “Charaideo : A cultural heritage site of Assam” by Sikhamoni Konwar
– Blog on NE India

-Mir Jumla’s adventurous life from Persia to Golconda to Dhaka and dying near Garo Hills Meghalaya

To buy replicas and artifacts of these monuments :
– Wooden Rangghar

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