Giving testament to the growing musical influence in North East India, a one-day music festival inspired by Pete Seeger called ‘Where Have All The Flowers Gone’, is slowly gaining ground in the quaint city of Imphal in Manipur.
American folk singer and activist Pete Seeger gained reputation the world over for using music as a tool for social change. Inspired by this idea, his followers have chosen the date of his birthday, May the 3rd as the date for the festival, having held it last year as well. The festival seems like a culmination of art, music and a deeper social consciousness. The location is in the picturesque city of Imphal as the festival ground stands lapped up, surrounded by mountains on all sides with a strong dash of greenery, just as Pete Seeger would have approved.
Their recently uploaded Facebook images of the location are every traveler’s dream come true.
In their first announcement, they’ve put out the name of legendary folk singer, Susmit Bose whose music deals with social issues, as a performing artist, with the promise of announcing the remaining line-up soon.
Here’s an image from the festival last year –
(image courtesy: e-pao.net)
With the country’s growing independent prowess, we at Sherpa are excited about this festival with such a strong, rooted social consciousness. May in Imphal, anyone?
(All other images courtesy: Where Have All The Flowers Gone Facebook)