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Ziro Festival of Music Arunachal Pradesh

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ziro festival of music

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Start Date: 27-09-2020 End Date:    30-09-2020
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Arunachal Pradesh

The festival of music in the valley of Ziro.

The festival of music in the valley of Ziro.

The Ziro valley, a place in Arunachal Pradesh, in India, hosts an independent music scene every year. This festival hosted by the north Indian state was initially founded in 2012 by a person named Bobby Hano and a guitarist belonging to the band Menwhopause named Anup Kutty. This festival has since then featured artists like Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, Damo Suzuki, and many more such artists. This festival hosted by the members of the Apatani people in the Ziro valley lasts for about four days.

Arunachal Pradesh is also best known for its horticulture and fruit orchards. the north Indian state is also known as the Orchid State of India or the Paradise of the Botanists; additionally, It is also considered to be the largest of the Seven Sister States of Northeast India.

About the festival:
About the festival:

  • The festival grounds: one of the major highlights of the Ziro festival is that it is considered to be one of the eco-friendliest festivals that are held in India. The entire infrastructure for the festival is built by materials that are sourced from around the locality. The festival stages are divided into two halves known as the Donyi or the sun and the Polo or the moon. These stages are built by the local artisans and most of the material used to build the stage is mostly bamboo. This showcases the animist faith of Doniyo Polo that the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh follow. The festival stages draw inspiration from that. The festival encourages a no plastic policy and also encourages people to clean up after themselves after the festival has ended. In this way, they ensure that there is no waste left behind.
  • If you are wondering how to get there, then do not worry. If you are one for an adventure, then you will love the journey to the Ziro valley. Since there are no direct flights to the Ziro valley, you will have to travel to the closest airport, which is in North Lakhimpur situated in Assam, which is about 140 kms away from the valley. Another alternative is to travel to the second nearest airport which is in Dibrugarh, Assam which is approximately 300 kms away from the valley. Then you will have to take an overnight train from Guwahati to Naharlagun and then finally take a three-hour car ride to the valley.
  • The music festival ensures that all the non-Arunachala people who attend the festival need an Inner Line Permit, and the foreigners need a Protected Area Permit to enter Arunachal Pradesh. The entry tickets to the festival can be found on the festival’s website. The permits required to enter are available at state tourist offices in all major Indian cities.
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