Majuli is Northeast India’s largest river island. Majuli is the cultural capital of Assam. The music
festival of Majuli is a major and popular music event in India. It is held every year in November and is
organised by Majuli Music Festival Foundation, RIGBO, in collaboration with various government and
non-government organisations. The objective of this festival is the overall Majuli development,
especially to promote the Majuli tourism sector and grow the rural economy. There are many possibilities
in the Majuli tourism sector. Majuli has been a major tourist destination.As more people visit the
place, they will learn more about its history, culture, and traditions. The music festival also aims for
Majuli has spirituality and a blend of various ethnic cultures, giving tourism a distinct identity.
The sub divisional headquarters of the Majuli Island, Garmur is well known for its ethereal scenic
beauty where this festival is observed. The lifestyle of riverine people, food habits, traditional
architecture, clothing, etc., provide natural beauty and attract tourists to Majuli. The Jengraimukh
area is all set with excitement for the music festival. The locals are ready to welcome the festival
as well as the tourists. The native foods, clothing etc., have been decorated in the stalls.
Everyone in Majuli has set their homes ready to welcome and accommodate tourists.
HISTORY OF MAJULI MUSIC FESTIVAL
Majuli is the cultural capital of Assam. Numerous cultural and religious traditions have
celebrated in Majuli from the 16th century. This festival showcases the traditions through
native group performances and exhibitions. The Majuli Music Festival displays the remnants
the old traditions. The pottery, weapons and other items are displayed as a part of the
Majuli island is known to be a hub of various tribes. The island is home to many non-tribal
scheduled caste tribes.The languages spoken on the island are majorly Mising, Deori, and
Assamese. Many budding and established artists, dancers, musicians, and artisans participate
DURATION OF THE FESTIVAL
The Majuli Music Festival lasts for four days. This festival starts on the 21st of November
year and continues to the 24th of the same month.
IMPORTANT RITUALS OF THE FESTIVAL
Majuli Music Festival is a celebration of tradition of the people of Assam and beyond. There
is no actual ritual to follow for the Majuli Music Festival but cultural performances and
display of various traditional things of the region. A food festival is organised during the
Majuli Music Festival in which varieties of tribal foods are cooked.Seminars on relevant
issues are organised. Special events are organised where classical performances from all
over the country can be enjoyed.
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS OF MAJULI FESTIVAL
Handicraft Items and Traditional Attire: The festival features exhibitions on
hand-made home decor items from bamboo and cane along with many pottery items. The
locals traditional attires during the festival are Dhoti-Kurta for men and Mekhla-Chadar
for women. Apart from these, there are many special attires that are worn by some
specific tribes such as Sgaopha (turban) by Dimasa Tribe, Dokhna (wrap around) by Bodo
Tribe, and Mibu Galuk (t-shirt) by Mising Tribe.
Folk and Tribal Culture: The culture and traditions of Majuli island attract a lot of
tourists from around the world.Numerous cultural programs are celebrated during the
course of this festival which shows the customs of the people of the island.
Local Food: A food festival is also organised with all the amazing delicacies of the
state as well as of the tribes living on Majuli Island. Dishes like Duck Meat Curry,
Maasor Tenga (fish curry), Paro Manxho (pigeon meat), Silk Worm, Pitha (sweet dish), and