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Tue, 23 Jul 2019

Northeast Today

2nd Edition of Northeast Festival in Delhi from Nov 7

2nd Edition of Northeast Festival in Delhi from Nov 7
November 03
16:53 2014

The second edition of the North East Festival will be held at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts from November 7 to 10. This year’s edition of the festival will focus on business and investment opportunities that the Northeast presents, apart from showcasing the culture and rich heritage of the region.

The festival is organised by a socio-cultural trust, Trend MMS, in association with the northeastern community of New Delhi, comprising student organisations and activists. The festival has recently become the part of the Delhi International Art Festival.
The event is expected to be attended by over one lakh people, top Northeast icons like M.C. Mary Kom, Adil Hussain, Everester Anshu Jemsenpa, boxer Shiva Thapa, policymakers of the country, chief ministers of the northeastern states, top bureaucrats, intellectuals, students, investors and tour operators, among others. The organisers said they have invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate the festival.

Union road transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, home minister Rajnath Singh, culture and tourism minister S.Y. Naik and power minister Piyush Goyal are expected to visit the festival. The organiser-in-chief, Shyamkanu Mahanta, said, “This year, the theme is Insurgence to Resurgence, with focus on highlighting the positive stories of entrepreneurship and development. Apart from the carnival, an exhibition-cum-sale showcasing unique artisans and weavers of the region, organic fruits and vegetables, would be presented. The objective is to enable the people of New Delhi to understand the Northeast on one platform, to encourage tourism to the region.”

Mahanta said there would be serious discussions on critical issues of the region. To attract investment in IT-enabled services sector in association with the IT ministry, a seminar will be organised with investors. A session on education, expected to be chaired by Union HRD minister Smriti Irani, would discuss ways of introducing subjects from the Northeast in the schools and colleges to create awareness about the region.

“Around 30 bands will perform in the carnival along with some popular artistes, including Soulmate, Imphal Talkies, Zubeen Garg, Tetseo Sisters, Vinyl Records, Frisky Prints, Minutes of Decay, Girish and the Chronicles and Bollywood singer Ash King. Moreover, 20 dance forms of the region will be showcased,” Mahanta said. An ethnic food festival, photography exhibition, art exhibition, film festival, fashion show, dance performances of various indigenous communities of the Northeast will be part of the festival.

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