Photos: Memories of the Ziro Music Festival
A spoonful of music, a gallon of nature and a pint of culture – it all makes the Ziro Festival of Music the dish worth savoring to the last bite. Come September, get ready to taste this food for life with open arms and welcoming hearts.
In the Ziro Valley of Arunachal Pradesh, you’ll find art in the daily chores of hard-working men and women in the field – how they climb poles, tie up tents, tie up bamboo – all with the aim of forming the most eco-friendly festival for many relish – the Ziro Festival of Music.
Wherever your eyes go, the picturesque valley will only present you with the authenticity that runs through its veins. Whether it’s the Apatani tribe who are known for their body piercings, the community of artists who carve the most alluring crafts, the food stalls who will serve up the palpable local dishes or the beautiful people of Ziro who will make you the one of theirs and yet, you will shine with a thousand lights.
For what life is, without emotions. The festival’s musical performances will knock your knees out with a serenity and joy you won’t find anywhere else. The trumpet will grab your attention, the flute will bind you in its tones, the drums will produce nature’s vibrations – all coming together to form their own acapella.
When you’re not treating your soul to music, you can choose to make new friends or simply bask in the rice paddies, try new cuisines, or watch the sun set over the horizon. Rest assured, the place never lets you get bored. All you catch is the greener side of the grass with a few colorful blooms to add flavor.
If you’ve been waiting for the opportunity to visit the border state of Arunachal Pradesh, let this be the sign you’ve been looking for. The Northeastern flavors of the Ziro Festival of Music will leave you wanting more. The four days of the festival tend to be over in the blink of an eye and yet give you a lifetime of memories. The people, the venue, the performances and the endless satisfaction of attending India’s biggest open-air music festival – we can’t choose what we love the most.
Get on the wagon, for this season all roads lead to Ziro. Don’t miss out, book your tickets at www.zirofestival.com.
These photos are part of Shiv Ahuja’s ongoing photo series on Ziro, which he has been documenting since the festival’s first edition in 2012.
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