Significantly, this year, the festival will also mark the India debut of American alternative rock band Sonic Youth's guitarist-vocalist Lee Ranaldo and drummer Steve Shelley. The festival is scheduled to be held from Sep 20-22, a statement released by the state tourism department said.

From the Whirling Kalapas to Menwhopause and Sky Rabbit to Shaa'ir + Func, the music will represent bands from northeast India like Digital Suicide too.

Dayglocrazie Polar Lights, Purple Fusion Frisky Pints and a few other bands are set to perform in the Himalayan state. The festival was mainly launched with the intention of letting music play the binging role to hold all the states of northeastern region more closely with mainland India.

The festival is based on the popular and universal belief that music transcends boundaries and melts away hatred. The state government also backs the festival and features in its annual calendar of cultural activities.

"This festival will be made an annual event in the Ministry Of Tourism calendar. Ziro is one of the most beautiful valleys in Arunachal and this festival will help in making it a perfect tourist destination," Pema Khandu, Tourism Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, said in a statement.

A screening of films celebrating the diversity of northeast will also be held. Aspects of the culture of the region, like the tapu war dance, the lion dance, buya dance, paku littu dance, damin da dance, bamboo and Naga dances will feature in the film festival.

(JPN/Agencies)

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