TEZPUR, Jan 9 � People here have expressed total dissatisfaction over the pitiable condition of the Tezpur Museum located in the heart of the historic town because of the indifferent attitude of the authority concerned.
It is often alleged that though the museums of the State have been playing a pivotal role to satisfy the upcoming new generation providing a positive impact on the research and education, the authorities particularly the Department of Cultural Affairs of the State government has not been able to play any notable role.
It may be noted here that the Tezpur Museum which was established in 1986 and is full of numerous historical artifacts has already stepped into it is silver jubilee year has not received proper attention from the administration here. More importantly, it is to be stated that the Tezpur Museum after being run from the Darrang College premises here for many years temporarily in a rented house, it was shifted to Dak Bungalow near the DC office in April 2002 with a permanent set up.
The neglected museum that got a new shape because of the selfless zeal of a section of righteous officials like, the then commissioner, North Assam, Jibesh Ghosla, the then DC, Sonitpur Sanjay Luhia and prominent anthropologist Dr Sarhabuddin Ahmed, presently houses altogether 555 precious materials providing lot of information on the past history of the State. But it is a matter of fact that due to the indifferent attitude of the administration here, the museum which can certainly be called an inseparable part of the dignity of the historic cultural city is yet to be full-fledged.
The office bearers alleged that at various places of the district including, Dhekiajuli, Singri, Jamugurihat, Biswanath Chariali, Gohpur-Kolabari, different kinds of historically important materials were discovered which are kept here in the museum. Moreover, many valuable things of historical importance are kept at various places of the district, which are yet to be recovered. For making the people aware of these the government or it�s concerned department has to come forward. However, the employees of the museum who dedicate themselves in keeping alive the historic resources of the museum in a bid to provide knowledge to the visitors and the common people, expressing their dissatisfaction over the lackasidical attitude of Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Assam towards this, said that due to the dire financial problems the museum is in a sorry state for the last many years. �Sometime we feel dejected as at a time when lakhs of rupees have been allotted for the different developmental works, our department is totally neglected, they lamented.
It is pertinent to mention here that one can see at the main entrance gate of the museum altogether seven �bortoops� of Ahom era in a single line. And among the collected statues of the museum, many are of the pre-Ahom era. Moreover, many sculptures, from different temples are an attraction here for the visitors. Alongwith it in the first ramp inside the museum hall, 76 Khasipator puthi are seen displayed very sincerely. Among these, some are in Sankrit language and others in Assamese language.
One of the employees of the museum informed that there is a brass plate belonging to the later part of the 9th century which was recovered from Ulubari area under Dhekiajuli revenue circle in Sonitpur district, 37 coins belonging to Mughal-Ahom and British period and some equipment used by the Adivasis. Alongwith it, the employees of the museum have collected 100 oil paintings by some distinguished artistes with their own effort for display.