|46th Karbi Youth Fest from today|
KAMAL KUMAR BRAHMA
DIPHU, Feb 14 - From February 15 to 19 every year, the sleepy valley of Taralangso situated on the outskirts of Diphu town, comes alive with the celebrations of the Karbi Youth Festival (KYF), the oldest, largest, most colourful and pulsating youth festival of Assam. 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 Karbi Youth Festival. Started in the early 80’s, the Karbi Youth Festival has shown the path for other ethnic tribes to preserve and propagate their cultural identities.
Most of the ethnic festivals in North-east India originated in the later part of the 80’s. This makes the Karbi Youth Festival the oldest ethnic festival of India. More than 500 acres of mystique land area, 5000 ethnic artists, 800+ stall and exhibitions, this tribal folk festival showcases the folk culture of the Karbi tribe dwelling in the various parts of the north-eastern States of India as well as of other indigenous tribes.
The 46th KYF site has been decked up by the committee by constructing gigantic ethnic entrances, modernising the amphitheatres, guest house, ethnic villages, water areas, ethnic testaments, open air stages and boulevard. At the imitative of Assam government, one modern helipad of has been completed. This festival has added to its flavour courses like food festival, ethnic drinks, beauty contest, rock competition, laser show and many more.