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Majuli (Assam) – the River Island of India

By : Majuli (Assam) – the River Island of India

April 02, 2022

Assam is also famous for being home to Majuli, the world's largest river island. It has been the core of the Assamese civilization since the sixteenth century and is formed by the Brahmaputra river and its tributaries Luit and Kherkatia.

Connectivity to Majuli has improved with time. It is located 20 kilometers from Jorhat (a district in Assam). Jorhat has flight connectivity from Guwahati, which establishes a passage for traveling to Majuli.

Majuli River Island, Assam (North East India)

North East India is a testimony to the rich culture and craft of India. The communities in this region have an incredible zest for preserving their heritage and cultural elements such as festivities, biodiversity, craft, and architecture. Assam, a state in North East India, is famous for its expansive tea plantation, wildlife, and evergreen forests.

Assam’s cultural landscape is vibrant, having been shaped by people from communities/tribes such as Austro-Asiatics, Tibeto-Burmans, and Aryans who have lived in this area, enriching a diverse culture in the State. Assam also has a rich craft tradition. Cane craft, bamboo, woodcraft, musical instruments, and terracotta are the popular crafts of the region. The forests of Assam are home to a variety of endangered wildlife and plant species.

The Festivals of Majuli

There are several Satras (institutional centers found in the Indian state of Assam) on the Majuli island that actively promote and preserve tradition, drama, music, art, and craft. In Majuli, celebrations are mainly meant for spiritual rejuvenation, with the festivals being related to seasonal variations. Bihu (the national festival of Assam), Bisu, Deo Puja, and Raas Utsav are some of the popular festivals celebrated in this region.

The Music of Majuli

  • Ankiya Geet: The Ankiya Geet are songs that are sung in dramas. They have rhythmic compositions and are written for entertainment purposes.
  • Borgeet: Borgeet is a set of devotional songs that are mentioned in the ancient Indian musical treaties and were composed in the 15th and 16th centuries A.D.

The Livelihood of People of Majuli

People engaged in boat-making
Women engaged in pottery making

The charm of Majuli River Island

The pollution-free environment and scenic sights of Majuli make it a key tourist attraction in Assam. People who enjoy experiencing regional art and crafts can relish the same experience on Majuli river island. Majuli promises a peaceful and calming experience for a tourist.