KARBI YOUTH FESTIVAL~A time to come together

Posted in countdown to 36th Karbi Youth Festival..104 days..10 hours..13 minutes on September 23, 2009 by karbiyouthfest

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 
KARDOM

Once in the valleys, hills, and plains of the north-eastern geography,
there was a place called ‘Rongbin’ and with the ‘Rongbin’ the Karbis
came the demographic movement in this last tip of south-east Asian
cauldron was intense. Small indigenous groups were jostling each other
from Vietnam to Burma,this was the period when Hindustan was being
articulated from the earlier Bharatvarsh. Small nationalities like the
Karbis were becoming part of the fringe in the pantheon of greater
Indian historiography. However, in the Indian north-east Karbis didn’t
have to jostle with.Being the earliest settlers, their existence was
in complete consonance with nature, green forests, rivers and Karbis
never acted like Columbus! But with the onslaught of ‘civilization’ ,
every Karbi arleng has become marginalized. Once a Karbi rong
(village), Kuwehonchi (Guwahati) is now a concrete jungle. Only the
names of some dingy and obscure by-lanes betray the wounded past. Once
a Karbi habitat, Kajir-arong has become distant and disdainful.Karbis
are everywhere,from Manipur,NagalandCachar,
Meghalaya to Arunchal.we
are not exclusive…rather we’ve been always inclusive, embracing
cultures and people..but only paid back in
discrimination,displacement and dispossession! Today, the land that
we call ours is encroached upon and there are more strangers than
kinsmen where have they all gone?? We are still looking for them,in
the hills and plains and valleys!! Welcome to Karbi Anglong….
Join
the KYF 2010…feel the heartbeat of Assam!!

The 36th Karbi Youth Festival invites YOU to a celebration of the resurgent Karbi people’s joyful expression in search of a cultural identity.


KARBI YOUTH FESTIVAL

- A time to come together

(Recognized as the North-Eastern India’s Largest Ethnic Festival, it features over 5000 cultural activists on 4 stages during its annual 5-day run in mid February. The festival features national and regional musical entertainment, more then 1 million visitors, over 2000 exhibitors, food vendors, stalls & exhibition, fun shopping and much more! )

The year was 1974. The Venue: Diphu Karbi Club. A handful of Karbi Youth got together to organize, for the first time in the headquarter town of Diphu a Youth Festival, till then never thought of by others. Initially it was small festival. But within a few years it became a major incident in Karbi Anglong as well as in Northeast and looking back one finds the Karbi Youth Festival has not only become an annual event which the entire Karbi Anglong looks forward to, but also a forum to determine and redefine Karbi  Art and Culture from a new and progressive viewpoint.

Three years after the first festival was organised was born the KARBI CULTURAL SOCIETY, on January 30, 1977 and since then the responsibility of organizing this festival was passed on from the hands of a few enthusiastic youth to a body representing the entire Karbi people.  

 Karbi Youth Festival is a celebration of Karbi heritage and culture held on the beautiful and evergreen Taralangso near Diphu as its permanent venue. An area of 1086 bigha was selected as for the permanent festival site and two stages built on Greek model, have been constructed at this site, which have been named SING MIRJENG and LONG MIRJENG. This facility apart, the green surrounding of the cultural complex has a series of highly raised bamboo and thatched Chang-Ghars depicting the typical houses of Karbi people. The week long festival there not only attracts a cross section of people from all over the Karbi Hills, but also from all over India and even outside. Since its inception in 1974, the festivals mission has been to promote and share the culture and heritage of all people of Karbi descent with the global community.

Karbi Youth Festival is not only an entertaining event but an educational experience. Come and explore the cultural village, sample a variety of ethnic foods, shop around the Marketplace, let the kids play in the Children’s Village and enjoy lots of great entertainment.

Our festival honors culture, tradition, and family. Karbi Youth Festival encourages individuals from all ethnic backgrounds to share in the beauty of Karbis’ rich history, art, music and foods

Each day of KYF is a unique and unforgettable experience. Come together to enjoy all of these great Special Attractions!

See you at The Meeting Place!!



KYF

 

WHAT TO WATCH THIS TIME

Join us in our festivities and experience the ecstasy the entertainment will bring. Whether it be music or dance, YOU ARE SURE TO PARTICIPATE!!

Karbi Youth Festival is one of the largest cultural celebration in the North-eastern part of India. Every year, visitors are able to sample delectable Karbi cuisine, enjoy music and dance performances and purchase authentic Art and crafts.

Join us this year for even more festivities. Experience the ecstasy of authentic entertainment from throughout the Karbi Anglong as well as Assam. Whether it be music or dance you will find yourself wanting to join in. During your visit, be sure to browse our colourful Exhibition Village”, a market place filled with an abundance of treasures from all over the Karbi Anglong /Assam. Choose handcrafted jewelery, ethnic clothing, traditional musical instruments and an extraordinary collection of gorgeous Karbi Crafts. You’ll also find cookbooks, t-shirts, Karbi music CD’s and much more.

Plan to spend hours in our cultural village exploring the rich traditions and history of the Karbi’s both new and old as presented in our elaborate exhibits. Wander into the “fairy tale tent and become mesmerized as you feel you are a character in our extravagant 3-Dimensional display of the many fairy tales based on Karbi Oral History.

Show your support and make a difference in this community, in the future, and in supporting a festival that values and honors every member of society.

THE FIVE-DAY EVENT FEATURES

 

  • 20 Tribes of Assam, together sharing the common platform.
  • “Alir-acham pen kangpu” Opening Ceremony- A high voltage colourful event on opening ceremony where 5000 folk performers will be presenting a music and dance composition.
  • “Rong Hemtun” ETHNIC VILLAGE Stalls, exhibition centres of food, handlooms, craft and art for each invited communities. Cultural Exchange programmes, workshops.
  • “TARALANGSO ART CARNIVAL” EXHIBITION of Karbi folk art along with contemporary modern art. It includes painting, sculpture, terracotta, print, photography, video and sound.
  • Outdoor site specific works by invited artists.

Works- Constructive Sculpture, Installation, Architectural works, Light works using local available materials and contemporary new materials.

  • Workshop with invited artists from different cities of India.
  • Workshop on Karbi Craft making
  • “CINEMA PRAXIS”:Asian film fest.

KYF is going to celebrate celluloid legacy of the land and progressive acclamation of its filmmakers through film screening. It will present Local and regional films, National films and International films.

Film making workshop on documentation.

  • Introducing 1st “TARALANGSO MUSIC FESTIVAL “,International & National performances on multiple stages, competition of Fusion Rock Bands,Attractive prize money,Fusion musician from different corners of India.
  • “Taralangso Theatre Jamboree”-street workshops,performances,seminars.
  • Performance by the HA-I-MU Opera. Ha-i-Mu is a multi-dimensional Karbi folk legend with many different versions. It is a sad tale of an ordinary peasant girl who transformed into the goddess of rains and fertility. No one is to sing about her, no one supposed to be named after her as she never wants to return to this tormenting world.
  • Cultural Nites for each tribes/ community every day.
  • Audio visual museum of Karbi traditions.
  • “Pindeng Sumpot-Fashion fête”: A display of Karbi Traditional attires,northeastern handloom materials.
  • “Alir acham pen kepajut”:Closing Ceremony: A grand cultural nite on the closing day, Award functions.
  • All day events:  Traditional games, Folk dance competition, music competition, Treasure hunt and many more.

We need your help to continue to grow the festival and to keep the numerous special events, performances, programs, speakers and activities as part of this extraordinary celebration.

 

 

“COME AND EXPLORE THE RICH CULTURAL HERITAGE OF THE KARBIS”

“Be seduced by the rhythms of Karbi Anglong with music, dance, theater, art and food @ Taralangso, Diphu, Karbi Anglong  !!

BE A SPONSOR FOR KARBI YOUTH

 

FESTIVAL’2010

KYF invites your company to take advantage of a variety of sponsorship, promotional and lead generation opportunities designed to help your organization get maximum visibility and impact.

 Exclusive sponsorship packages

a) Strategic partnership
An unsurpassed recognition of brand: full-options marketing package for high visibility before, during and after the event

b) Gold sponsorship
Raise your profile with a combination of additional marketing opportunities and high visibility benefits

c) Silver sponsorship
Raise your profile into a value priced package

d) Honourable Mentions

Centre your innovations on the market
Conference and interaction opportunities, Pre-event marketing, On-site visibility, Post-event marketing, plus a discounted marketing opportunity on the KYF 2010.

a) STRATEGIC PARTNER PACKAGE

 (Rs. 20 lakhs and above)

Contribution as a “Strategic Partner” offers an excellent way to get an unsurpassed recognition of brand with a combination of conference opportunities and high visibility benefits: before, on site and post event.

Pre event marketing

- Printed program: your company logo in large size on the front page of the KYF’s printed program mailed to our patrons, millions of well wishers and with an electronic version downloadable.
- Website exposure: your company logo in large size appearing on all the pages of the KYF’s website with a cross-link to your own website.
- Advertising pages: your company logo in large size will be included on KYF’2010 advertising pages inserted in key magazines and KYF’s souvenir “LOKIMO”.

- Web Press Room: a wider audience for your innovations by issuing your press releases for the event in the Web Press Room of the KYF’2010 website.

On site visibility

 

 Press announcements:your company name will be included in the KYF’2010 press announcements.
- Insert in the demos program: all your innovations demonstrated on your booth listed in the demos section featured on the KYF’s website and in the demos program leaflet distributed to all the “KYF” attendees.

- Company literature: display of any of your corporate literature or products/services leaflets at the entrance, any festival area of your choice.

 

 

- Slide panorama: your company logo (large size) incorporated in the slide show screened on the LCD screen frequently during the each day events (Strategic Partners category).
- Booth: a fully equipped 4sqm booth.
- KYF bag sponsorship: your company logo printed on the delegates’ bag distributed to all the KYF attendees. You may also insert 1 piece of your company’s literature or a branded item (logo 1)

b) GOLD SPONSOR PACKAGE

(Rs. 10 lakhs and above)

Participation as one Gold Sponsor offers an excellent way to raise your profile before, during and after the event into a value priced package

Pre event marketing

- Printed program: your company logo on the front page of the Smart Event printed program mailed to our patrons, millions of well wishers around the world and with an electronic version downloadable.
- Website exposure: your company logo appearing on all the pages of the KYF’2010 website with a cross-link to your own website.
- Advertising pages: your company logo will be included on KYF’09 advertising pages inserted in key magazines and in KYF’s souvenir “LOKIMO”.
- Web Press Room
: a wider audience for your innovations by issuing your press releases for the event in the Web Press Room of the KYF’2010 website.

 

 

  

- Slide panorama: Your company logo incorporated in the slide show screened during the workshops, competitions, each day cultural nites.
- Booth:
a fully equipped 3sqm booth.

- Press announcements:
your company name will be included in the KYF’2010 press announcements.
- Insert in the demos program:
all your innovations demonstrated on your booth listed in the demos section featured on the KYF’s website and in the demos program leaflet distributed to all the “KYF” attendees.

 

 

C) SILVER SPONSOR PACKAGE

(Rs. 5 lakhs and above)

Participation as one Silver Sponsor offers visibility way to raise your profile before and during the event into a value priced package.

► Pre event marketing

- Printed program: your company logo on the front page of the KYF printed program mailed to our patrons,millions of well wishers  and with an electronic version down loadable.
- Website exposure: your company logo appearing on all the pages of the KYF’2010 website with a cross-link to your own website.
- Advertising pages: your company logo will be included on KYF’s advertising pages inserted in key magazines and KYF’s souvenir “LOKIMO”.
- Web Press Room: a wider audience for your innovations by issuing your press releases for the event in the Web Press Room of the KYF’2010 website.

► On site visibility

 

 Press announcements:your company name will be included in the KYF’2010 press announcements.
- Insert in the demos program: all your innovations demonstrated on your booth listed in the demos section featured on the KYF’s website and in the demos program leaflet distributed to all the “KYF’s” attendees.

d) Honourable Mentions

(Rs. 1 lakh onwards)

 

Here you have the key opportunity to raise your company profile and to center your innovations on the market.

 

Pre event marketing

- Printed program: your company logo in the printed program mailed to our patrons and millions of well wishers and with an electronic version down loadable from the KYF’s website.
- Website exposure: your company logo will appear on the web pages dedicated to the space/blog of your choice.
- Web Press Room: a wider audience for your innovations by issuing your press releases for the event in the Web Press Room of the KYF’09 website.

 

 

► On site visibility

 

 

KARBI YOUTH FESTIVAL ’2010 ADDITIONAL BENEFITS:

  • Exclusive branding opportunities: at the entrances of the “Ethnic Villages”, Gala Dinners, delegates badge, coffee-breaks & lunches during the workshops
  • On site visibility includes a large poster with your logo emblazoned on and placed at the entrance of the Karbi People’s Hall. For a long lasting visibility, you may also displayed on table(s) 1 branded item to the participants and visitors.
  • KYF bag, T-shirts, Sweat shirts, Caps sponsorship:
    Your company logo printed on the delegates’ bag, T-shirts, Sweat shirts, caps distributed to all the Smart Event attendees. You may also insert 1 piece of your company’s literature or a branded item (logo 1 colour)- Poster / Banner
    Reach the visitors’ attention before and after they leave the event venue. Place one poster/banner at the main entrance of the event venue.
 

 

- Literature display
Display your technical literature or any other leaflet of your company and make it available to all the “KYF” delegates during the event through the various distribution spots.

 

Your company logo displayed and advertised on the aforementioned places will  certainly get your company or organization noticed.

Contacts:

Ph. +919707339606,+919854535057,+919954301409,+91943520166

E-mail: karbiyouthfest@gmail.com, www.karbiyouthfest.multiply.com

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BE A VOLUNTEER

Volunteer at the Karbi Youth Festival

How to Get Involved

The Karbi Youth Festival relies on more than 1000 volunteers annually to assist in the running of its festival. With such support and dedication, it is difficult to merely call them volunteers.

People volunteer at the festival for a variety of reasons; meet new friends, learn new skills or just have fun! There are a variety of positions to be filled, so for those who have not volunteered, don’t just observe – Participate!

We are always looking for volunteers.

As part of the Karbi Youth Festival Team you will:

  • Have a chance to be part of a fun filled festival
  • Obtain personal satisfaction by sharing your skills and resources with others
  • Receive a Karbi Youth Festival volunteer t-shirt
  • Meet great people and make new friends
  • Gain work experience and learn new skills
  • Have the opportunity to fulfil your  community service requirement
  • Be invited to the volunteer recognition night .

For more information related to volunteering please email us at karbiyouthfest@gmail.com or call Ph.

+919707339606, +919854535057, +919954301409, +91943520166


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EXHIBITORS & VENDORS

2010 Karbi Youth Festival Exhibitors

Nearly 2000 vendors and exhibitors set up at the Karbi Youth Festival each year. From food & beverage to arts/crafts, employee groups and local nonprofit organizations, you can find just about anything you’re looking for at the Karbi Youth Festival.

Exhibiting at the KYF is the only way to reach hundreds of thousands of people and represents an excellent value.  While some fees have risen to cover increased costs, exhibiting or vending at the KYF remains much less costly than at nearly all other similar-sized events.

We are offering exhibitors, crafters and food vendors the opportunity to promote and sell their products by setting up an exhibitor booth from 15th Jan to 20th Jan 2010.

On behalf of the Karbi Youth Festival we would like to invite you to be a part of this event. We believe your presence would add greatly to our event.

Tent Rentals

Vendors at the Pride festival are welcome to bring their own tents or rent a tent for their booth spaces.

DEADLINES:

 

Food Vendor and Exhibitor Applications:               5th Jan. 2010

Food Vendor and Exhibitor Final Payments:         15th Jan.2010

IMPORTANT NOTE: Payments made after
April 15th Jan.2010
will be subject to late fees.

 

Food Vendors

Food vendors include all vendors selling a broad menu of food items (traditional cousins, combo plates, &/or full meals consisting of two/three items, beverages (tea, coffee), finger foods, etc.).

2010 KYF Vendor Applications must be postmarked by Jan 5, 2010 and include a list of all menu items to be sold, the price of each item (or range), and a photo of the booth set-up.

Exhibitors

Exhibitors include all commercial and non-profit participants selling consumer products, services, career opportunities and/or demonstrating such products and services. Single food item vendors are also considered exhibitors (fast foods, shaved ice, coffee, etc.)

2010 KYF Exhibitor Applications must be postmarked by Jan 5, 2010 and include a complete list of items to be sold, the price (or range) of each item, and a photo of the booth set-up.

Exhibitor Guidelines

  • All vendors must operate and staff their booth from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  (Electrical power is available but is an additional cost and MUST be arranged prior to the event).
  • Exhibitors should bring adequate portions of product to the festival to ensure continuous operations.
  • Application forms must be completed in full and accompanied by payment in order to reserve exhibit space.
  • Cars will be allowed ONLY for loading and unloading.
  • All merchandise is displayed at the exhibitor’s, Vendor’s own risk.  The KYF is NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OR STOLEN GOODS.
  • Crafters must provide their own canopies, tables, backdrops, chairs, fire extinguisher etc.
  • Return of the entry form and payment signifies acceptance of these rules.
  • Please make cheques payable to the Karbi Cultural Society Inc. Please send completed application with cheque or money order to: Karbi Bhawan, Goswami Service,Ghy-3

For additional questions and information please contact KYF Event Assistants, by email at karbiyouthfest@gmail.com or by phone during normal business.

 

Ph. +919707339606,+919854535057,+919954301409,+91943520166

e-mail: karbiyouthfest@gmail.com, http://www.karbiyouthfest.multiply.com

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TRAVELLING TO KARBI YOUTH FESTIVAL

 

WHERE TO STAY

Special negotiated discounts and packages have already been negotiated for you. Please take advantage of these great deals and support our sponsors.

2010 HOST HOTELS

  • HOTEL SINGHASAN
  • BHARATI LODGE
  • TERANG LODGE
  • HOME NEEDS LODGE
  • CIRCUIT HOUSE
  • INSPECTION BUNGLOWS

BUS TRANSPORTATION

We are pleased to say that Karbi Youth Festival receives Festival Shuttle bus service from the Diphu ASTC bus station. Buses travel up and down from Diphu to the festival grounds.

  • State Transport Buses
  • Private transport-  Kareng Travels, Lisa Tours & Travels.

TRAIN SERVICES:

Regular Inter-city train services from Guwahati. All Up trains from Guwahati.

NEAREST AIRPORT:

Dimapur (56kms from Diphu by road)

 

Grounds and Maps

Please be alert for highway construction and lane closures; we want everyone to arrive at Karbi Youth Festival  and return home safely.

When approaching Taralangso, watch for the signs with the smiley faces, which will lead you to The Festival area.

A Tourist Guide Map of Karbi Anglong District

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ACCESSIBILITY

This area is designed to assist our patrons, well wishers and visitors. We hope this area will help you to have an enjoyable visit at Karbi Youth Festival.

Staying Safe in Diphu

As in any city, there are a few common sense rules to follow to stay safe. Look after your personal belongings and try not to travel alone late at night. Ask your hotel or hosts for advice when travelling to unfamiliar areas.

Violent crime against visitors is uncommon. However, pickpockets do target unsuspecting tourists in crowded areas, so take care on the Tube or in busy areas.

Karbi Anglong’s Police Force

The Diphu Police, is dedicated to working for a safer Karbi Anglong. The Met forms a visible presence on the streets of Diphu, at railway stations and airports.

In emergencies, always dial 100 and ask for the police. To a report non-urgent crime, contact your local police station.

Staying Healthy in Diphu

Visitors who become ill while in Diphu are eligible for free treatment in Accident and Emergency departments at Diphu Civil Hospital.

In emergencies, always dial 108 (Mrityunjay) and ask for the help, which will reach to you within 15/20 mints.


Food Assistance
If you need any assistance carrying food  on the festival grounds, contact a Karbi Youth Festival “Courtesy Staff” member for assistance.

Drinking Fountains
Drinking fountains are located outside each restroom area and are accessible to all . Drinking fountains can also be found near the” Ethnic Village” Area.

  Telephones & TTY
Accessible public telephones are located outside of each restroom area. Many of our phones have volume-controlled handsets. 3 Telephone booths available…
  Wheelchair/Stroller Rental
A limited number of wheelchairs and strollers can be rented at Karbi Youth Festival. Wheelchair/stroller rental stations are located just inside of the Main Gate. Rentals are on a first-come, first-served basis (no reservations will be taken).

Please Note:
Service animals are allowed on the grounds provided the animal does not pose a danger or threat to other service animals or patrons. Owners of service animals are responsible for the animal’s personal cares. A relief area for service animals is located near the “Thong Nokbe Pavilion”.

For accommodations for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or have low vision and other services please contact the Karbi Youth Festival’s “Courtesy Staff”.

PARKING AT THE FESTIVAL

Ample parking is available both in privately operated lots and along city streets. Fees vary. Vendors with booth spaces will receive directions to special unloading areas at the gates.

MONEY: Cash machines / ATM / cash points

There are 2  cash withdrawal machines (also known as cash points or ATMs) around Diphu.

Most accept international cards with the Visa, Plus, MasterCard, Cirrus or Maestro symbols. Other card types are also recognized, but it’s a good idea to check with your bank before you travel.

If you have a non-INDIAN account you’ll almost certainly have to pay a charge when you withdraw cash from a machine. Again, contact your bank before traveling for details.

When using ATMs, remember

  • Put your money away carefully and discreetly.
  • Don’t give money to people in the street as this shows where you keep your wallet.

How to Travel Like a Local

Little things mean a lot to Karbis. Keep the following in mind, and you’ll soon blend in:

  • Allow more than enough time to get around, particularly during rush hour (7-9am, 4-7pm).
  • Remember: traffic travels on the left-hand-side of the road, so look right before crossing

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AN APPEAL

Like the previous years,this year too the 36th Karbi Youth Festival will be held at Taralangso near Diphu Town from 15th to 20th Feb. 2010 under the aegis of Karbi Cultural Society.The KCS is a registered premier cultural organization for promotion and protection of the culture and tradition of the Karbi Community in particular and other ethnic communities of Karbi Anglong in general.The Karbi Youth Festival is a common platform that endures to spread the spirit of harmony and peaceful co-existence through the medium of culture between diverse ethnic communities. In that sense the KYF is a unique rendezvous of cultures in the entire North-East.

Over the years the Karbi Cultural Society has been organizing the Karbi Youth Festival with the help of nominal Govt. grant and from a limited organizations/establishments and well wishers.

Although all efforts have been to conduct the KYF within a slim budget,the bare minimum expenses cannot be done away with in order to fulfill the aspiration of the large number of cultural conscious crowed that throng at Taralangso each year to enjoy KYF. It is in this context that I on behalf Karbi Cultural Society would appeal to you/your organization/establishment to extend your generous hand in making this year’s 36th Karbi Youth Festival a grand success by extending your support.

Thanking you in anticipation

Kardom !!

Yours’ sincerely

 

Ranjan Engti
Chief Coordinator
36th Karbi Youth Festival

E-mail:

karbiyouthfest@gmail.com

daengticode@gmail.com

“Without creativity there cant’t be a culture,without proper orientation there can’t be a democratic culture”

BE PART OF THE 36TH KARBI YOUTH FESTIVAL

Starting from 15th to 20th Feb. 2010.


OFFICE OF THE

KARBI CULTURAL SOCIETY ( KCS )

Regd No.966 of 1978-79

H.Q.Taralangso,Karbi Peoples’ Hall

Diphu-782460 : Karbi Anglong

 

For more information about the Karbis,please log in to : www.karbi.wordpress.com
 
 


Photo Courtesy: D.S.Teron, Yuval Naaman,Sai Sing Rongpi,Daniel Ingty.,Saising Rongpi,Dhaniram Teron,Bhaskar Hazarika.

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