Located in the remote state of Arunachal Pradesh in India, Ziro is a quaint eastern Himalayan town and home to the ever-fascinating Apatani Tribe. Situated in a valley, the town and it’s surroundings is a vast landscape of greenery, filled with pine forests and rice-paddy farms. The Apatanis who are the major tribe of the valley, follow the religion of Donyi-Polo which is the worship of the Sun and Moon. They live animistic lives of farmers and have many unique and interesting customs, such as the older women of the tribe who have tattoos in their faces and bodies, and wear huge nose plugs. Sustainability plays a big role in the lifestyle of tribe, a example of which are the farms, where along with rice and paddy, the tribe even harvests fish.
And come the 14th of this month, Ziro will host it’s first ever music festival – 3 days of exceptional music, with performances by leading bands of India, who are all set to vibrate the valley with genres such as rock, jazz, blues, electronic and hip-hop. Along with the music, there will be many other things to do. Such as visiting the villages of the tribes and interacting with them, drinking the local alcohol of rice beer which will be flowing like water during the festival, going for hikes to nearby rain-forests, or indulging in a shopping spree in the flea market.
Says Anup, guitarist at Menwhopause and one of the key organizers of the festival - “This festival is more about a confluence of cultures rather than imposing a strange one in a little town. It’s not just about outsiders knowing more about Ziro, it’s also about the locals understanding the outsiders better”
Single Day Entry – $18.00 | INR 1000.00
Three Day Entry – $45.00 | INR 2500.00
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* For travel help, visit Greener Pastures at The Ziro Music Festival.
* For more details, visit the official website.
- Central Arunachal Pradesh Tour of Tribes – Apatanis, Tagins, Adis (thegreenerpastures.com)
- From Ziro to bliss in 3 days (rsjonline.com)
- Folklore From North-East India ~ An Apatani Tale On How The World Was Created (greenerpasturesind.wordpress.com)