Falcon Festival 2023: A Celebration of Conservation and Culture in Assam’s Dima Hasao
Guwahati / Umrangso, Assam, November 27: The picturesque town of Umrangso in Assam’s Dima Hasao district is gearing up for the 9th edition of the Falcon Festival, an event that has become a beacon of wildlife conservation and cultural extravaganza. This festival not only marks a celebration of the majestic Amur Falcon but also showcases the rich tapestry of Assam’s cultural heritage.
Schedule: From November 30 to December 2, 2023.
Location: Gold Field, Umrangso, Dima Haso
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The Amur Falcon: A Migratory Marvel
At the heart of the Falcon Festival is the Amur Falcon, the longest-traveled migratory bird in the region. These raptors embark on an extraordinary journey from Siberia and China, traversing the Indian subcontinent and the Arabian Sea to reach Africa. Umrangso, with its unique ecological setting, serves as a crucial stopover for these birds, offering them a respite during their arduous journey.
The Genesis of the Festival
The Falcon Festival was first inaugurated in 2015, emerging as a response to the rampant hunting of Amur Falcons in the region. The festival’s primary aim is to raise awareness about the importance of conserving these birds. Over the years, it has played a pivotal role in transforming the local community’s perception, turning former hunters into protectors.
A Melange of Activities
The 2023 edition of the festival promises an array of activities:
- Miss Grand Falcon 2023: A beauty pageant that blends glamour with a message of conservation.
- Musical Performances: Featuring local talents and a special performance by Bollywood singer Neeti Mohan.
- Cultural Showcases: Including traditional dances, art exhibitions, and local handicrafts.
- Seminars and Workshops: Focused on wildlife conservation, particularly the Amur Falcon.
- Adventure and Nature: Opportunities for camping, bonfires, and exploring the natural beauty of Dima Hasao.
Star-Studded Performances at Falcon Festival 2023
The Falcon Festival this year is set to dazzle with an array of celebrity appearances and performances:
Sachet and Parampara: Get ready to be mesmerized on December 1, 2023, by the harmonious melodies and captivating performances of the dynamic duo, Sachet and Parampara. Known for their soul-stirring music, they promise to elevate the festival’s ambiance with their enchanting presence.
BONFIRE: Brace yourselves for an adrenaline-pumping experience as the legendary rock band BONFIRE makes its first appearance in India at the Falcon Festival. Scheduled for December 2, 2023, their performance is anticipated to electrify the audience with raw energy and iconic hits, creating an unforgettable night.
Important Update on Falcon Festival 2023 Lineup: Bonfire Unable to Perform
Due to unexpected health-related issues, the popular group Bonfire will no longer be able to grace the stage at this year’s festival. This news comes as a disappointment to many fans eagerly awaiting their performance. The Falcon Festival Organizing Team expressed their deep regret over this unforeseen situation and extended their apologies for any inconvenience caused to festival-goers. Despite this setback, the organizers assure attendees that they are dedicated to providing an exceptional experience and are actively working to enhance the festival lineup.
Jacqueline Fernandez: Adding a touch of Bollywood glamour to the festival, renowned actress Jacqueline Fernandez is expected to grace the event on December 1, 2023. Her charismatic presence and interaction with the audience are sure to add a unique charm to the festivities, making it a more inclusive and diverse cultural experience.
The festival is a collaborative effort involving various stakeholders. The Blue Hills Society, Dima Hasao District Administration, Wildlife Trust of India, Department of Forest (Assam Government), North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council, and local youth forums have all come together to make this event a success.
Impact on Conservation
The festival has had a tangible impact on the conservation of Amur Falcons. Initiatives by the Dima Hasao Forest Department, including patrolling and awareness campaigns, have significantly reduced poaching. The festival serves as a platform to educate and engage the community in conservation efforts.
A Boost to Tourism
Apart from its conservation significance, the Falcon Festival also boosts local tourism. It attracts visitors from across the country and abroad, offering them a glimpse into the diverse cultural and natural heritage of Assam.
For More Information
For further details or queries about the Falcon Festival 2023, interested individuals can contact the organizers at 7086369569/7002625418 or via email at email@example.com. Tickets can be booked on Book My Show.
The Falcon Festival 2023 stands as a testament to the power of community engagement in wildlife conservation. It’s not just a celebration of the Amur Falcon’s incredible journey but a symbol of hope and unity, showcasing how collective efforts can lead to significant environmental and cultural preservation.
As the festival draws near, Umrangso is all set to welcome the world to witness this unique amalgamation of nature and culture.
About Falcon Festival:
The Falcon Festival, held annually in Umrangso, plays a pivotal role in wildlife conservation and cultural celebration in Assam. This significant event is dedicated to raising awareness about the Amur Falcons, remarkable for being among the longest-traveling migratory birds.
These falcons traditionally arrive in Dima Hasao, Assam, during the last week of October or the first week of November. In the past, due to a lack of awareness, these birds were tragically hunted for sport. Recognizing the urgent need for conservation, the Blue Hills Society, a respected NGO based in Haflong, Dima Hasao, spearheaded an initiative to safeguard these winged travelers. Collaborating with the Wildlife Trust of India, the Department of Forest (Assam), the Dima Hasao District Administration, the North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council, and various local youth forums, they have turned the tide in favor of these falcons.
The festival, born out of a groundswell of support from local communities, policymakers, and administrative bodies, not only champions the cause of the Amur Falcons but also aims to bolster the tourism sector in the district. With Dima Hasao’s rich tapestry of flora and fauna, the Falcon Festival beckons tourists, researchers, and nature lovers to explore and appreciate the natural splendors of the region.