Guwahati: Majuli, the world’s largest inhabited river island located in Assam, is all set to kick start its first-ever music festival, Majuli Music Festival, from November 15 to 17. The three-day extravaganza will witness participation of music artistes from all over the country.
Majuli’s unique geographic location has already captured global attention. The unique location has also helped nurture a rich blend of indigenous cultures expressed in colourful weaves and dress styles. Soulful songs, pulsating music, enchanting dances, rich cuisine, a unique heritage of communities living in solidarity and harmony — these are all set in the lap of pristine and verdant nature.
With the vision to preserve the indigenous music, art and culture, tribal life, ecosystem of the island, promote rural tourism, uplift the local community and make Majuli self-sufficient, the festival intends to invite artistes on one stage, irrespective of their genres of music. Using music as a medium to exchange culture and ideas, the festival wants to introduce the idea of ‘Music for Change.’
‘Music for Change’ would include the establishment of ‘Majuli School of Music’ which will provide younger generations living on the island a chance to grow in their field of interest. Various environmental awareness campaigns of the likes of the ‘Clean & Green Majuli Campaign,’ and ‘Plastic-Free Campaign’ will also be initiated during and after the festival.
A tree plantation drive will also be initiated during the festival and will be launched by the ‘Forest Man of India’, Jadav Molai Payeng. Through this initiative, every tourist will be asked to plant a tree under their name. Another iconic feature of the first-ever Majuli Music Festival will include the introduction of e-rickshaws at the venue contributing to the carbon-neutral initiative. These are just the tip of the iceberg of the plethora of other initiatives that will be taken up during the musical extravaganza, say organisers.
The line-up at Majuli Music Festival 2019 will comprise independent artistes, bands and labels that believe in producing ‘Music for Change’ and have been instrumental in doing so. This will include the likes of When Chai Met Toast, Rain In Sahara, Shanku and Project Bartalaap, Abhi Saikia, Nilotpal Bora, Fuzz Culture, Folkswagon, Alobo Naga, Island Warrior, to name just a few.