Founded in 2012 by Bobby Hano and Menwhopause guitarist Anup kutty, the Ziro Festival is an incredible occasion of music revelry in Indian North-Eastern State of Arunachal Pradesh. Spanning over 4 days, the festival is hosted by the Apatani tribe of the Ziro valley, one of the most picturesque locations in the state. Situated at the height of 5,500 feet above sea level, the valley is an amazing venue for this fabulous gala, surrounded by beautiful misty mountains. Exhibiting an amazing independent music scene in India, the Ziro Festival is a phenomenal and exciting event to attend.
The Ziro valley is home to Apatani tribe, one of the most friendly and hospitable people who, essentially, are agrarian in nature. The love of North-East Indian people and the people of Apatani tribe, in particular, for music is well-known. To give an expression to this natural inclination towards music and vent to their desire to have an organized event for the same, Ziro Festival was born in 2012 through the efforts of Bobby Hano and Menwhopause guitarist, Anup Kutty. Ever since its inception, the festival has drawn huge crowds from all across the country and abroad to listen, to the amazing artists and their unique expressions and renditions. In 2016, the festival will be running in its fifth year and is already much eagerly awaited.
The Ziro Festival is widely known to be the one of the greatest outdoor festivals in India. Celebrated with much fervor and energy, it is also a wonderful opportunity to showcase the musical talent of the amazing artists of North East India besides promoting tourism in the state. The popularity of the festival is spread far and wide. Many bands of national and international repute such as Steve Shelley, Lee Ranaldo, Indus Creed, Peter Cat Recording Company, Barmer Boys, Menwhopause, Louw Majaw, Sha’air and Func, Guru Rewben Mashangwa etc. have participated in the festival. For four consecutive days, visitors are treated to some exciting and impressive tunes. Moreover, there are facilities of camp accommodation nearby the venue so that music lovers are never too far from their favorite artists and sessions. Full of fun and gala time, The Ziro Festival leaves you with cherishing memories and give you many more reasons to come back again with redoubled energy.
Ziro Festival Dates
Ziro festival of music is celebrated for 4 days and in the year 2017, the festival will delight the heart of music lovers in September.
How to Reach
Tezpur in Assam is the nearest airport. However, flights get usually cancelled without a reason and thus, it’s an unreliable option. The better option is the Guwahati airport, which is connected by frequent flights to all major Indian cities.
The nearest railway station for accessing Ziro Festival is North Lakhimpur in Assam. The station can be reached by catching Arunachal Express from New Bongaigaon. This is located around 180 kilometers North-West of Guwahati.
Ziro Valley can be reached through direct buses which are available from Guwahati, Itanagar and North Lakhimpur.