“Sonitpur”, as ancient
Tezpur was known in the olden days is a city steeped in mythology,
legend and folklore. The City of Blood ('Sonit' of 'Tez' - Blood, 'Pur'
- city) conjures up images of the romantic legend of Usha and
Aniruddha and of the fierce battle between "Hari" and "Hara". Old
Darang became today's Sonitpur - Tezpur being the district
Headquarters of Sonitpur. Tezpur's contribution to art, culture,
literature particularly to the freedom struggle has earned a unique
niche in the history of Assam.