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Dilip K. Medhi


A convention of the 22 Satras, Village Councils, NGOs and the local government will be held to form a team as major stakeholders besides others.

Majuli receives more than 1,000,000 domestic tourists and more than 500 overseas tourists every year and a token tax would be collected from them. The Satras will begin to raise fund for the action plan through hosting of cultural functions in the island and outside, particularly in the different Metros of the mainland India. Moreover publicity will be conducted through Internet, broachers and booklets. Problems and opportunities of all these tourists and supporting infrastructure as shown become the problems and needs of the heritage conservation.

All indigenous vocations like silk, particularly the golden silk, textiles, mask making, pottery industry and gold ornaments will be made more attractive to the tourists.

The heritage culture tourism concept is going to upgrade the Satriya cultural heritage of Majuli, to educate the local people and Bhakats (devotees), to preserve and document the culture of the traditional ritual songs, dances, dramas and to preserve the customs and the indigenous lifestyle, and to protect the potential natural resources.

Living religious establishment and associated arts as tourism attractions

Step 1. – Review draft mission statement

  1. Mission statement
    1. Continuity of education
    2. To implement the entry fee to Majuli
    3. Establishment of potential resources
  2. Development strategy
    1. Improvement and promotion of arts and culture
    2. Role of cultural heritage (religious practices, e.g. Drama, music, dance, literature)

Step 2. – Identify flagship action in each of the four model areas

  1. Model 1 – Fiscal management
    1. Principle: contribution from the Satras, NGOs, local government to the conservation programme
    2. Action area:
      1. Fund raising activities together with the annual activities ? short term
      2. Establishment of the locally managed heritage fund
  2. Model 2 – Investment
    1. Principle:
      1. Short term: user pays as principle
      2. Long term: infrastructure standard
    2. Action area
      1. Short term:
        1. Improvement of existing guest houses
        2. Improvement of transportation
        3. Improve local indigenous craft product
      2. Long term
  3. Model 3 – Employment
    1. Principle: community education
    2. Action area: improve vocational skill
  4. Model 4 – Consensus building - not yet

Step 3. – Model the flow

Step 4. – Model relationship between stakeholders and actors

  • Identify stakeholders according to the 3 cathegories:
    • Tangible, eg. Arts, cratfs
    • Intangible: eg. Satras
    • Environmental heritage