Enjoying music from our favourite artists at the backdrop of beautiful landscape sounds like a reverie. However, Ziro Festival brings this dream into reality by perfectly blending your music love with the nature’s exotic beauty. Held annually in the exotic nature’s setting in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, Ziro Festival is dubbed as one of the most sought after outdoor festivals in India. Last year in September, the festival completed its 3rd edition. The response received was more than just amazing. Its growing popularity has indeed built a foundation for budding music artists from North-East India, including the states of Assam, Manipur, Tripura, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Mizoram.
In 2014, the Ziro Festival featured some of the most brilliant musicians from India and around the world. It is not just the artists but also the visitors flying to India from different corners of the globe to witness the perfect melody.
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So, who has been playing lately at the Ziro Festival? Well, the list includes Lou Majaw, Whirling Kalapas, Guru Rewben Mashangya, Sky Rabbit, Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley to name a few. The Ziro Festival 2014 hosted some of the top folk musicians from the North-East. Moreover, the fans also got a taste of indie acts by international artists.
Now, if you’ve been a frequent visitor to mainstream music fests, you might already know about the Ziro festival. But, what’s a big deal, you might say. The location turns out to be a major factor setting it apart from other festivals. The festival is annually held at the Ziro valley situated at a height of approximately 5500 feet above sea level. Surrounding the valley are the misty mountains, further adding up to its mesmerizing beauty.
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In case you think the valley is inhabited by tribes, you are far away from the truth. In fact, the Ziro valley is a home to highest number of schools in the state, and the literacy rate is 66% which is higher than the overall literacy rate of the country.
If you have never been to north-east India before, there is one thing that will surely bother you in case you plan to make it to the Ziro fest. “What will the weather be like?” The weather is perfect during the period of March to October. The temperature hardly crosses 27°C. And when it rains, it is just a drizzle.
The festival is all set to return at the end of this month. So, in case you have other plans lined up for 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th of September, you might want to push them ahead.
Who can you expect to meet at the fest? Here is a short list of the performers:
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However, the above list only includes a few names. The list seems to be quite long. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and book your tickets. You cannot afford to miss it this year.