Pratul Bora, the brother of Assam Agriculture Minister Atul Bora, has set up a private museum in his native village in Golaghat district, housing a rare collection of over 2,000 antique items pertaining to the history of Assam and Northeast as a whole.
These antique items include traditional musical instruments, agricultural tools, coins of Ahom kingdom, dresses of different tribes- communities of North East India that Bora had collected in the last 16 years.
The private museum has been established at Borahi village in Golaghat district. Bora had set up the museum in memory of his grandfather, Juga Bora.
He said that he has collected more than 2000 antique items including 400 years old Bor Tup Cannon of the Ahom Kingdom, Caps of Naga Kings, coins of the Ahom Kingdom, and Jayantia Kingdom, Mughals, many traditional musical instruments, dresses of different tribes and communities, wooden items, ancient toys, ritual items etc.
"The Borahi Foundation has helped to establish this museum and I am the main Managing Trustee of the foundation. I have started to collect different items from 2006-07. There are more than 2000 items and many other items are coming. I have collected these items from different parts of Assam, Nagaland, and Arunachal Pradesh. Earlier, I started to collect coins and later started to collect brass metal items and other items," Pratul Bora said.
The museum was inaugurated on Monday at Borahi village by Dr Hemendra Nath Dutta, former director of the Archaeology department. Assam Agriculture Minister Atul Bora was also present during the occasion, apart from other guests.
Minister Atul Bora said that he is very happy after his brother has finally established the museum and inaugurated it today on the mark of his father's birth anniversary.
"The museum has been established in the name of our grandfather Juga Bora. I hope the new generation will get benefits from it," Atul Bora said.
Local people also appreciated Pratul Bora for his endeavor of establishing the museum to preserve ancient and rare items.