Majuli Music Festival For Sustainable Living

By- Momee Pegu

Majuli Music Festival For Sustainable Living Source: Himalayan News Chronicle

Majuli Music Festival  was a truly unique event that has captured the hearts of music lovers around the region. Started on the world’s largest river island of Majuli, this festival was  unlike any other. It was brought to life by a group of enterprising young  individuals who are passionate about nature and committed to its preservation. The festival  is dedicated to promoting and preserving music and our cultural heritage through sustainable, zero-waste methods that protect the environment.

What began as a local event in 2019 has now become a favourite of music enthusiasts and nature lovers from all over the world. The festival stands out from other events due to its unique zero-waste approach.

Majuli Music Festival Foundation has a history of collaborating with various organizations such as The Midway Journey, The Northeast Waste Collective, and RIGBO (a NE NGO) and local volunteers to advocate for sustainable waste management and environmental protection. Together, they aimed to promote indigenous practices among the  people  of the North East, further establishing Majuli’s presence on the map as a hub for cultural and environmental preservation.

With the exception of sound and light equipment, all resources were locally sourced. The festival’s infrastructure is built using bamboo, while earthenware, woven banners/cloth, food/drinks, and more are provided by local individuals. The concept of “zero-waste” entails that no waste is incinerated,   dumped, or sent to landfills.

Instead, biodegradable, non-biodegradable, and sanitary waste are carefully    separated and sent for recycling. Through these sustainable practices, Majuli Music Festival made a positive impact on the environment while showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the region.

Another important measure is the installation of water stations to encourage people to refill their reusable   bottles instead of buying bottled water  during the event. This helps reduce waste generated from single-use plastic bottles. Majuli Music Festival has adopted a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) approach to waste management. In this method,

waste is separated into biodegradable, non biodegradable and    sanitary waste categories.

Biodegradable waste is converted into compost, while biodegradable waste is sent for recycling and sanitary waste is treated and disposed of in a safe place.

It serves as an inspiration to other event organizers and sends a powerful message to the world. By promoting sustainable practices and reducing waste production, we can all contribute to a better future for ourselves and the planet. Majuli Music Festival is a shining example of what can be accomplished through collective efforts.