His face radiant with pure joy, a small boy throws pebbles into the crystal clear waters of the river. This is the very character of the BASCON festival, a festival that is a celebration of indigenous culture, music, and above all the harmony of man with nature. It is a festival that aims to bring together hearts in a surging symphony of music and dance.
The harmonious Galo tribe
Basar is a town in the picturesque state of Arunachal Pradesh. The BASCON (Basar Confluence) is an annual affair that takes place at the confluence of two rivers. There are festivals and then there are festivals. What makes this festival stand out is that an entire community works together to stage this event. The community is one of the indigenous tribes of the region known as the Galo tribe. The Galo tribe lives in harmony with nature and the environment.
The BASCON festival is one of its kind, and it is completely natural and eco-friendly. The stage, the stalls, the small temporary bridges across the rivers are all hand-crafted by the members of the Galo tribe using bamboo. Plastic is banned and water as well as the local rice wine known as Poka is served in bamboo containers. The festival is focused on keeping alive the ancient culture and traditions of the Galo tribe. The Galo folk dances and music as well as the traditional sports dominated the 3-day long festival. Traditional cuisine is served in the thatched bamboo hut that dot the festival grounds. The festival intoxicates and leaves you with a feeling of being one with the elements of nature.
The unique BASCON festival is the brainchild of a non-governmental organization known as GRK (Gumin Rego Kilaju) whose vision is seamlessly integrated into the best of tradition and development.