Majuli Music Festival
Majuli Music Festival
The Majuli Music Festival (MMF) is an annual not-for-profit music festival staged in the picturesque island of Majuli in Assam. It was launched in 2019 by the Majuli Music Festival Foundation, held again in 2021 and hosts over 30 artists from across India. On the bill previous year were singers Bishrut Saikia, Doctor Lincoln, Joi Barua, Lucky Ali, Nilotpal Bora, Salman Elahi and Trishna Gurung, the duo O Daapun, and the bands Avora Records, Jutimala and the Tai Folks, Madhouse Mongrels, Motherjane, Naalayak, The Midnight Taxi and The Sleeping Satellite.
In addition to watching the performances, attendees can sample tribal cuisine and wine, camp under the stars, partake in birding, fishing and boating, get a glimpse into the village’s way of life and visit the Sri Sri Samaguri Satra to learn about the mask making tradition of the area.
In Majuli, flood and soil erosion during the monsoon has made the lives of farmers vulnerable. With this in mind, the festival is designed keeping sustainability at its core. The stages and decor are made with locally-sourced bamboo from the village and the installations are created using recycled materials.
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MMF is re-writing the stories of hope for the disappearing island by:
• Bringing attention to Majuli – the largest riverine island in the world that is disappearing!
• Preserving and promoting Majuli’s rich cultural heritage by way of offering curated exposure visits/homestay experiences to the audiences and bring attention to revisit the UNESCO status for the island.
• Promoting and supporting local livelihoods and artists, especially the youth by injecting over INR 30 Lakhs into Majuli’s local economy each year. Under its initiative—the “Majuli School of Music”— the festival will offer a platform to budding young musicians.
• It is a “Zero-Waste” festival. All resources other than sound/light are locally-sourced. The venue is community owned; the infrastructure of the venue is all bamboo-based; earthen pots, woven banners/clothes, food/drinks etc are all from the community itself.
• 70+ youth volunteers lead the festival. Almost every household capable of contributing, comes forward and contributes to the festival. Every year the roads/potholes are repaired through a community-led process.
What to look forward to:
Artists/band performances, art & craft exhibitions, forest bath, tribal homestays, local cuisines, visiting monks from Satras (Vaishnavite monasteries), camping under the stars, adventure activities, traditional dance troops, traditional wine tasting, local shopping of masks, attires etc
How To Get There
How to Reach Majuli
By Land/Water: From Guwahati
Option 1 – Guwahati to Jorhat to Nimati Ghat to (by ferry) Jengraimukh, Majuli
Option 2 – Guwahati to Jakhalabandha to Tezpur to North Lakhimpur to Jengraimukh, Majuli (via Road)
Route: Dibrugarh to Dhemaji (by crossing Asia’s second largest rail cum road bridge) to Dhakuakhana to Jengraimukh, Majuli
Route: Itanagar to Banderdewa to North Lakhimpur to Gogamukh to Jengraimukh, Majuli
Route: Shillong to Guwahati to Jorhat to Nimati Ghat to (by ferry) Jengraimukh, Majuli
Route – Dimapur to Numaligarh to Jorhat to Nimati Ghat to (by ferry) Jengraimukh, Majuli
2. By Air
The nearest airports to Majuli are Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur
- Camping area
- Charging booths
- Food stalls
- Free drinking water
- Gendered toilets
- Parking facilities
- Unisex toilets
- Wheelchair access
- Masks mandatory
- Only fully vaccinated attendees allowed
- Sanitiser booths
- Socially distanced
- Temperature checks
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. Guwahati is pleasant and dry in November with temperatures ranging between 24.4°C and 11.8°C. Carry light woolens and cotton wear.
2. Comfortable footwear. Sneakers or boots (but make sure they are worn in).
3. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations.
4. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
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