GUWAHATI: The 47th Karbi Youth Festival started on Monday(15 February) in the Taralangso area of Diphu in the Karbi Anglong district of Assam.
The five-day festival will come to an end on Friday(19 February). About 5,000 artists from 34 Karbi Cultural Groups from different parts of Northeast India have joined the festival.
The festival was officially inaugurated by Chandrasing Kraw, the president of the organizing committee ‘Karbi Cultural Society’. Tuliram Ranghang, CEO, Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council and other dignitaries were also present in the ceremony.
Speaking to the Media Ranghang said that all measures had been taken by the council to make the infrastructure of the festival permanent.
The festival will be hosting a number of competitions as well as a performance of the ‘Karbi Loko Kristi’.
Karbi Youth Festival is an annual festival celebrated by the Karbi People living in Karbi Anglong District of the state of Assam.
It is considered the oldest ethnic festival in India.
It is organized by the Karbi Cultural Society (KCS). From 15th to 19th of February, every year, the sleepy valley of Taralangso situated at the outskirts of Diphu Town in the state of Assam, comes alive resounding with the celebrations of the Karbi Youth Festival (KYF), the oldest, largest, most colorful and vibrant youth festival of Assam in North East India.
With a view to propagate the rich cultural identity of the tribe, the Karbi Youth Festival is slowly showcasing the ethnic diversity of the Karbi tribe during the celebrations of the Karbi Youth Festival. Started in the early 80s, the Karbi Youth Festival has shown the path for other ethnic tribes to preserve and propagate their cultural identity.
This unknown tribal festival of India is slowly making limelight into the world trivia and is one of the oldest Ethnic Festivals of India.
More than 500 acres of mystique land area, 5000 ethnic artists, 800+ stall and exhibitions, this tribal folk festival showcases into the limelight of folk culture of the Karbi tribe dwelling in the various northeastern states of India as well as other indigenous tribes.