Ziro Festival of Music unveils its first lineup of artists

Malox from Israel performs on the Piilo (Moon) stage, 2018

As always, Ziro Music Festival celebrates the next big names in the independent music scene as well as established ones. This year sees the veteran Rabbi Shergil play an exclusive unplugged on the Signature Danyii stage (Sun) with the inimitable Jumme Khan from Mewar, Rajasthan. India’s oldest rapper Baba Segal will present his very first show in the northeast on the Simba Uproar Piilo (Moon) stage, just like the Nepalese singer Bipul Chettri. International artists playing this year include Lithuanian pop sensation Leon Somov & Diletahigh energy female forehead japanese act Pinky Doodle Poodle and the new project of French composer Emilie Hanak Yelli Yelli. Emerging Welsh Artist Eadyth will also bring his continued collaboration with Manipur’s music icon Mangka as part of the British Council’s India-UK cultural season celebrations.

Stars Antikvariniai Kašpirovskio Dantys of Lithuania, 2019

Continuing the festival’s focus on northeastern talent, we’ll see the neo-psychedelic and post-punk band from Manipur MeewakchingArunachal Pradesh’s beloved troubadour (and doctor!) Nikom RibaMizo pop act OrigamiKhasi folk-fusion collective Da Minot, from Sikkim salakhala with their funk rock sound, Nagaland’s popular singer-songwriter Abdon Mecha and the blues The Polyphonic Experience of Dr. Declan Oppenheimer from Assam among others.

Gathering in Ziro from other parts of the country is India’s first female classical slide guitarist Doctor Kamala Shankar, The veteran rockers of Kerala Mother Joanthe electro-pop dance of Tamil Nadu saptathe ultra-melodic Easy wanderings and the act of fire Laxmi Bomb of Maharashtra, the new qawwali act of Uttarakhand Rehmat-e-Nosratamong many others.

This year will see a wide selection of artists from all genres, from electronic to classic folk, rock and fusion. Look for an experimental post-rock band sky level and Street storiesarguably India’s finest pop punk band, Takar Nabam, a well-known name on the indie music circuit, folk-fusion group Arunchali David Angu and the tribe and electro duo Dokodoko.

Diurnal atmosphere at the Ziro Festival

There are many fun learning activities for children and families, including art installations and sustainable design workshops by artist Shantiniketan. Dharitri Borostory time with Shubha Das, dance and movement sessions with Denis Barwayoga and meditation, and you can learn how to make an indigenous Apatani flute out of rice straw.

After two years of pandemic taking us away from this perfect setting, music brings us together again this year.

The festival is due to take place in Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh from September 29 to October 2. Book your tickets, stays and experiences on www.zirofestival.com

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