North East Festival's 2016 edition kicks off in Delhi

The festival aims to showcase to the people of Delhi the rich cultural heritage of the North Eastern part of the country and integrate the Northeast with the rest of India.

North East Festival

The North-East Festival, arguably the biggest festival of the region out of the region, kicked off its fourth edition at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in New Delhi on Friday.

According to organizers, the fourth edition of the festival with the tagline - Connecting People, Celebrating Life - is set to enthrall the people of the capital, with primary focus on North-East Tourism.

The festival aims to showcase to the people of Delhi the rich cultural heritage of the North Eastern part of the country and integrate the Northeast with the rest of India.

Ahead of the three day extravaganza, a rock competition titled ‘North East Festival Rock Battle’ was also organized on 28th and 29th October, 2016 at Dilli Haat amongst the colleges and bands of Delhi, wherein 60 bands had performed.

Syamkanu Mahanta, head of the organizers,  said one of the core objectives for this edition will be to promote tourism in the region and plenty of tour operators and tourists are slated to attend the North East Festival.  He added that it would also be a platform to promote business for North East entrepreneurs, apart from building bridges with Delhi.

In the last three editions, the event was attended by more than three lakh people, which included, policy makers of the country, senior ministers in Union Cabinet, Chief Ministers of various North Eastern States, top North East icons,  top bureaucrats, intellectuals, students, and tour operators, among others.

This year’s 3-day festivities will have fun and frolic galore will showcase the entire Northeast India in all its finest glory and colorful hues via art, crafts and culture, songs, dance and movies, food, sports and fashion and much more.

The event will also showcased around 20 dance forms, including the famous Raas Leela of Manipur and Ram Vijay Ankia Bhaona of Assam, apart from while displaying 50 stalls packed with products, ranged from tea, spice, flower vase, sandals, table lamps, floral bags, traditional clothes, decorative flowers, and other products sourced from the region. Ram Vijay Ankia Bhaona of Assam will be presented by Sangeet Natak Akademi.

The 2016’s edition will be headlined by musical festival comprising heartthrob of the region such as Papon, Zubeen Garg, rapper Borkung Hrangkhal,  DJ Zaeden, rock bands Traffic Jam, Fourth Element, Mo & The Shooting Stars, Reverse Tragedy and many more.

A large exhibition of products from the eight states of the region called “Make in North East Exhibition”, including handloom & handicraft, agro and food products would be on display with around 100 entrepreneurs participating from all across the North East region, present their products.