The regional folk melodies and rhythms, which are vibrant and living among the rural masses of India have had influence on the evolution of Indian art (classical) music. ‘Living Traditions’ is our ongoing series showcasing folk traditions of different regions of India. Since inception, the festival has brought folk traditions of Rajasthan, Assam, Bengal, Goa and Gujarat.
In 2017, the focus is on the musical traditions of Assam. Major among the Seven-Sister States of North-eastern India, Assam is known for its biodiversity, wildlife, archaeological sites, oil reserves and tea plantations. Its population is an intermix of various racial stocks. Traditions and culture including languages, dresses, food habits and art forms practised by the large number of tribes that inhabit the land is a clear reflection of the overwhelming ethnic diversity.