The 40th edition of Karbi Youth Festival is going to held during 15-19 February, 2014 at Taralangso of Karbi Along, Assam. 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 than 1 million visitors, over 2000 exhibitors, food vendors, stalls & exhibition, fun shopping and much more!
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 weeklong 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.
It was 1974. The Venue: was 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.