Culture & Heritage

Sirish Festival is the APPL Foundation’s initiative for the promotion of indigenous art and culture. An innovative approach that focuses on the unique cultural heritage of the tribal communities of the tea gardens. These communities collectively came to be known as the Tea Tribes. They emerged with the tea plantation in Assam and have since then, immensely contributed not only to the growth of the tea industry but also to the State Exchequer. The Sirish Festival is an attempt to promote, exhibit and preserve these distinct cultural and art forms and facilitate their integration into mainstream Assamese society.

Sirish Festival 2016

Sirish Festival Stories and News


The story of ‘Assam Tea’ begins in 1823 when Robert Bruce, an Englishman, met Birsa Gaum, the Singpho chief to explore the potential for tea. A century and half later, this blend has carved a niche for itself globally. It is...

May 16, 2018
Dance competition winning team receiving award from CM
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta at the Sirish Festival organised by APPL Foundation at Misa in Nagaon district, on Sunday.
Feb 20, 2018

GUWAHATI, Feb 15: To acknowledge the contribution of the tea tribes in the State, APPL Foundation is organising the fourth edition of Sirish Festival on February 17 and 18 at Misa High School field in Nagaon district, stated a...

Feb 16, 2018

Speakers at the news conference on Wednesday. Picture by UB Photos

Guwahati: Two icons of Assam's tea tribe community - Sushil Kumar and Dulal Manki - will be honoured at...

Feb 15, 2018