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Majuli, the island on the edge

Updated On May 20, 2015 09:27 PM IST
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People, cars and bikes pile on ferries to cross the Brahmaputra river to reach the island of Majuli from the mainland in Assam (Photos: Raj K Raj) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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People, cars and bikes pile on ferries to cross the Brahmaputra river to reach the island of Majuli from the mainland in Assam (Photos: Raj K Raj)

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The island of Majuli is touted as the largest river island in the world expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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The island of Majuli is touted as the largest river island in the world

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It is gorgeous with green fields, sparse forests and bamboo groves expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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It is gorgeous with green fields, sparse forests and bamboo groves

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Majuli also has several beels or lake-like wetlands where people fish expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Majuli also has several beels or lake-like wetlands where people fish

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The island is home to 36 Vaishnavite sattras or monasteries – the largest concentration of such sattras in Assam expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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The island is home to 36 Vaishnavite sattras or monasteries – the largest concentration of such sattras in Assam

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Devotees – young and old – live in these sattras and learn the scriptures and various skills like bamboo weaving expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Devotees – young and old – live in these sattras and learn the scriptures and various skills like bamboo weaving

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The devotees also learn songs, dance and drama in the sattras. Here they perform sattriya nritya – one of the eight classical dance forms of India expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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The devotees also learn songs, dance and drama in the sattras. Here they perform sattriya nritya – one of the eight classical dance forms of India

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Children dressed in traditional costumes watch a stage performance as they wait for their turn to perform during a cultural festival in Majuli expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Children dressed in traditional costumes watch a stage performance as they wait for their turn to perform during a cultural festival in Majuli

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Young devotees of a sattra perform a yoga-dance during a cultural festival in Majuli expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Young devotees of a sattra perform a yoga-dance during a cultural festival in Majuli

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Devotees of Chamoguri Sattra show their handmade masks. The art of mask-making was once prevalent in all sattras across Assam. Now it is practiced in only this sattra expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Devotees of Chamoguri Sattra show their handmade masks. The art of mask-making was once prevalent in all sattras across Assam. Now it is practiced in only this sattra

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The masks are used during stage performances of dance dramas called bhaonas expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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The masks are used during stage performances of dance dramas called bhaonas

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People wearing masks of Hanuman get ready to hit the stage for their bhaona performance expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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People wearing masks of Hanuman get ready to hit the stage for their bhaona performance

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A bhaona performance based on the Ramayan underway during a cultural festival in Majuli expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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A bhaona performance based on the Ramayan underway during a cultural festival in Majuli

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Majuli is home to a diverse mix of people, including the native Assamese population and several ethnic tribes expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Majuli is home to a diverse mix of people, including the native Assamese population and several ethnic tribes

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The Mishing are the largest tribe in Majuli. Originally from the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh, they have been living on the island for many hundred years now expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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The Mishing are the largest tribe in Majuli. Originally from the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh, they have been living on the island for many hundred years now

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Mishing women dressed in beautiful, vibrant traditional costumes pose for a photo expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Mishing women dressed in beautiful, vibrant traditional costumes pose for a photo

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The Mishing women are expert weavers. Every home here has a handloom where the women weave their traditional garments for personal use or for gifts expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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The Mishing women are expert weavers. Every home here has a handloom where the women weave their traditional garments for personal use or for gifts

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Salmara in Majuli is famous for its potters who make earthenware by their bare hands, without the potter’s wheel expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Salmara in Majuli is famous for its potters who make earthenware by their bare hands, without the potter’s wheel

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The island of Majuli faces devastating floods and erosion every year. People pray to the river but their homes, and sometimes whole villages, get washed away in its strong currents expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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The island of Majuli faces devastating floods and erosion every year. People pray to the river but their homes, and sometimes whole villages, get washed away in its strong currents

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Yet the people of Majuli live on in this island they call home and fiercely guard their centuries-old culture and traditions expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Yet the people of Majuli live on in this island they call home and fiercely guard their centuries-old culture and traditions

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