Guwahati: The Big Burp!, a two-day music-cum-food festival, concluded at Greenwood Resort on the outskirts of Guwahati in Assam on Sunday, but not before enthralling the audiences, comprising mostly teenagers, with a refreshing dose of good music and mouth-watering delicacies.
Celebrating the city’s love and zeal for food, music and good vibes, The Big Burp! was inaugurated by well-known Assam chef Atul Lahkar on October 12, who was also the chief guest for the two-day event.
Speaking with EastMojo, Lahkar said The Big Burp! was a one-of-its-kind event that was being held in Guwahati as it was a special fusion of food and music that complements the culture of Northeast India.
“Food and music are very much relevant to the culture of Northeast India and such an event enhances us to help in growing our rich culture and enable us to explore it,” he added.
A one of its kind music-cum-food fest, ‘The Big Burp’ presented a plethora of amazing moments for the audiences on its first day with soul-stirring performances by bands like When Chai Met Toast from Kochi.
The second day of the fest kicked off with some groovy beats from local beat-boxers and rappers. Rain In Sahara brought in the metal element into the festival with their tight guitar riffs and the well-versed lyrics about social issues. The icing on the cake for the night was Ritviz and Divine, who made the crowds sync in rhythm with the bass drops and their powerful rap.
Apart from presenting savouring mouth-watering delicacies accompanied by music and dance in the happiest tunes and raising glasses to the merriest of times, the festival also aimed at acting responsibly and compassionately in safeguarding the environment, our planet and the community at large. In a noble gesture of making the fest a successful one, The Big Burp! rolled out a series of awareness and sustainability initiatives as a part of its journey.
Talking on the social initiatives, The Big Burp! organiser Shenaz Akhtar said that they are focusing on reducing plastic products by launching a ‘reduce plastic usage’ campaign and providing the attendees of the festival with a paper cup/bamboo mug for drinking purposes.
She further said that they have also made it mandatory for the vendors to provide biodegradable bags to customers on purchase of any food/product.
“ We as youngsters need to worry about the alarming environmental issues that are surrounding our planet at present and this is a small step from our part in creating awareness and safeguarding the environment,” said Akhtar.
The Big Burp! is a maiden venture of Akhtar and her company — Story Creators Innovations Private Limited. The festival will continue with its journey by making its presence felt in other parts of Northeast India as well.