September 19, 2022
CM Content Team
The Ziro Festival of Music is an annual outdoor music festival held in Arunachal Pradesh's Ziro valley. This is a community-led music festival that has quickly drawn the affection and loyalty of music lovers. Started in 2012 by local entrepreneur Bobby Hano and Menwhopause guitarist Anup Kutty, the local Apatani tribe hosts the yearly four-day music festival. After a 2-year covid-19 induced hiatus, the festival is back.
The Ziro Festival of Music in Arunachal Pradesh is unique in many ways.
Ziro Music Festival is one of India's most eco-friendly festivals. It follows an environment-friendly waste management practice with no single-use plastic policy. Moreover, the festival attendees are encouraged to leave no waste behind.
The one-of-a-kind music festival brings together some of the best musicians in the region and the world. The festival is an excellent platform to showcase India's independent movie scene.
Jazz musician Nubya Garcia, the 'O-Sanam' fame singer Lucky Ali, Israeli musician living in India Shye Ben-Tzur, Indian classical musician Jyoti Hegde, and singer-composer Prateek Kuhad are some of the established names who have performed at the Ziro Music Festival.
Two stages, namely Donyi (Sun) and Polo (Moon), are constructed for the festival. The local artisans mainly use locally-sourced bamboo to construct the stages. Besides, the festival is a great platform to promote local art and craft among many visitors.
Imagine numerous music lovers from different parts of the country coming together for the common love of music. The four-day festival is all about limitless energy and enthusiasm. You finally get the vibe of being a part of the tribe.
The bits, the psychedelic humming of the musical instruments, and a crowd forgetting their individual existence before music- it’s a soul-stirring experience for many.
Arunachal Pradesh is a protected place. Indian nationals require an Inline permit (ILP) to visit the state. Tourists can obtain the ILP from the state's offices in Delhi, Guwahati, Shillong, Kolkata, Tezpur, Lakhimpur, Duburg, and Jorhat.
Foreigners require Protected Area Permit (PAP) from all Indian missions abroad. In India, tourists can obtain a permit from Foreign Regional Registration Officers (FRRO) at Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Home Commissioner, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar, and Chief Immigration Officer, Chennai, Home Ministry, Government of India.
How to Reach Ziro
Your adventure begins right from the journey to Ziro. Since there are no direct flights, you first need to reach Guwahati in Assam. Once there, board an overnight train from Guwahati to Naharlagun, Arunachal Pradesh. From Naharlagun, you can take a 4-5 hour cab ride to Ziro.
There are many tourist places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh while attending the Ziro Music Festival.
The location of the Ziro Music Festival is approximately 167 km away from Itanagar. Lush green forests and unique terrace farms surround the picturesque valley. You can also trek to the Dolo Mondo hillock to experience the stunning view of the Hapoli town and Ziro Valley from the top.
The capital of Arunachal Pradesh is not very big in the area. However, the place has many tourist attractions like Ganga lake, Buddhist Gompa, and many more.
Located just 4 km from Ziro, Tally Valley is one of the last known habitats of the shy clouded leopard. The place is also home to many exotic bird species.
You can buy tickets to the Arunachal Ziro festival of music en route. However, it is advised to book your tickets online at the official festival website. You might have taken a trip to explore new places or been on a religious pilgrimage. However, attending the Ziro festival can be a trip to revisit the lost parts of your soul that may still crave music, joy, and tight hugs. Go, forget yourself at Ziro.
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