ASSAM’S BELL METAL INDUSTRY AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE IN ASSAMESE LANGUAGE

Dr. Lakshmi Devi
Visva Bharati, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India


Abstract

The folk culture and arts of a nationality gives a glimpse of the nationality’s characteristics and self-identity. Folk society and folk culture are inseparable. Among the well-practised and famous folk industries of Assam, the bell-metal industry is worth-naming. The goods and utensils made of bell-metal have been widely used and accepted in the Assamese society since time immemorial. But amid several issues and problems faced in the present age, this bell metal industry is on the verge of extinction. On the other hand, the people associated with this industry of making bell metal products use different words at different phases of the making of the goods. The words connected with this bell metal industry have enriched the Assamese language. In this discussion, we have put efforts on giving a glimpse of the importance and significance of the bell metal industry in Assamese language in addition to highlighting the various factors related to bell metal industry.

Key words: Bell metal, Products, Assamese, Lifestyle, Words, Phrases and idioms, Legends

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