Project Buranji – Promoting the rich cultural history of Assam

Taken from the Assamese word Buranji, referring to class of historical chronicles which were written initially in the Ahom reign and afterwards in Assamese language, Project Buranji is a social initiative to bring to the forefront of the Indian masses the rich and vibrant cultural history of Assam.

Project Buranji as a concept came into being in 2014. Led by Hrishiraj Das and core members including Manaskam Kakati, Pratyush Paras Sharma and Arunav Chetia who have been a part of the team, they travel to different parts of Assam in order to document, analyse and present the ethnic and cultural heritage of the state. With Devneel Basudev Goswami as content writer, the first phase of Project Buranji was brought to life on the 28th of March, 2017 at Hindu College of Delhi University as a photo exhibition. The North East Festival of the College was also going on during that time.

A number of dignitaries attended the event including Mr Conrad Sangma, Member of Parliament and Mr Naveen Verma, Secretary, Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region. The event was inaugurated by IPS officer Mrs Sanjukta Parashar who is currently serving as the head of the National Investigation Agency.

The project in its first phase was an exhibition of 72 photographs of places of various historical and tourist importance in Assam. The team has physically visited the places that have been documented until now. The second phase of Project Buranji is currently in planning stage and is designed to comprise of a number of documentaries along with photographs accompanied by researched content. Project Buranji is a non-profit campaign that is being undertaken by a group of college students who are yet to perfect the nuances of the art and craft of documentation and film-making but remain steadfast in their approach.

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