The Namdapha Eco-Cultural festival

A festival is held every year at Namdapha in Arunachal Pradesh to showcase the traditional and cultural practices and to preserve and promote the traditions of the ethnic tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. Namdapha, one of the best biodiversity hot spots and a tiger reserve, presents a colourful picture of the diverse culture of the tribes of Arunachal in the midst of nature's bounty.

Thus the festival not only promotes and ensures the preservation of the cultural heritage of Arunachal Pradesh through an exhibition of folk dances, crafts and food, but also acts as a platform for creating environmental awareness among the people of the area and bond them in cultural ties. The cultural carnival has cut across social barriers, inspiring the secluded regions to celebrate the ethnic existences that strongly bond all the distinct tribes that hold diverse cultures and different religious backgrounds. A cultural festival of a different kind this has perfonamces of folk songs and dances, an ethnic food fiesta, traditional sports, river rafting, bamboo boat rafting, Namdapha expedition, sightseeing, eco-trekking and angling.


Contributed by: Prarthana, CEE Ahmedabad

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