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5 Northeast India music festivals you shouldn’t miss!
Have plans of attending music festivals in Northeast India? Well you've come to the right place, Northeast India is known for its music enthused population besides its diverse culture and traditions. Northeast India has always been at the musical foreground and with a plethora of concerts and indigenous festivals happening throughout the year, music is a spirit that resonates throughout the region.
Here are 5 music festivals in Northeast India that not only enthralls people but also helps in promoting and exposing upcoming bands, musicians and artists. You definitely must not miss these festivals!
Hornbill Festival, Nagaland
During this festival, all the 16 tribes in Nagaland come together in unity, under one roof, to showcase and educate the world the cultures of the Nagas, to celebrate their rich heritage and traditions for seven days. Yes, the festival last for seven days. Hornbill Festival of Nagaland is one of the biggest cultural tourism festivals in the country. Besides that, Hornbill festival host the biggest rock contest of the country.
The week-long festival offers something for everyone – one could sip on rice beer, rest in Naga huts and shop from the Night Bazaar while experiencing a multi-stage musical extravaganza. The festival is held every year in the first week of December
Ziro Festival, Arunachal Pradesh
The festival offers you a vacation like experience, where you camp in picturesque locations with beautiful scenery, chill out and relax. If you have scattered tastes in music or haven't explored various genres, the three days of this festival is all you need. This a festival that mustn't be missed. As the festival slogan goes: Eat, Drink, Merry, Ziro Festival is all about music and fun! Every year the festival is held on the last week of September.
Shillong Autumn Festival
The festival is the premier event initiated by the Meghalaya Tourism Department, and it has both regional and international performers. It includes a street carnival, fashion shows, beauty pageants, food and wine, flower shows, kite flying, traditional and rock music, golf, fishing, and art. The festival marks the onset of autumn, but is celebrated with cultural extravaganza topped with soulful folk music and various events. This three-day festival is one that turns Shillong into a land of fun, frolic and absolute madness.
Brahmaputra Beach Festival, Assam
This two day event combines culture and adventure sports, including traditional Bihu dances, food, crafts, cultural exhibition, paragliding, boat cruises, canoeing, rafting, and beach volleyball. Local musicians performs their original compositions against the backdrop of the blue waters of Brahmaputra and of course there is great food!
Chapchar Kut, Mizoram
Chapchar Kut is a harvest festival named after bamboo that has been cut, and is drying for burning and subsequent cultivation. The traditional bamboo dance performed by women (while men sit on the ground and beat bamboo sticks against each other), called cheraw, which is a big part of the festival. At the festival, there's art, handicrafts, concerts, flower shows, and of course delicious food as well.