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Hoping to start new era of communication about North East Region the four-day North East   will kick off in the capital from tomorrow (7-10 November) at the Capital's IGNCA at Janpath. The theme of the festival this year is Insurgence to Resurgence and it aims to attract investment and tourism promotion. Bigger and better than before, the four day carnival is to focus on the opportunities in the eight North Eastern states and will include IT and ITES,  Agri- Food Processing, Tourism, Handloom and Handicraft.

This will also include music, dance, fashion, food, exhibition of art, photography, film, discussions and much more. There will be felicitation of sports icons from the North East who have brought glory for the country , including Mary Kom, Sarita Devi and Devendro.

North East Festival is organised by the reputed socio-cultural trust, Trend MMS, in association with North East Community of Delhi, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of DoNER and IGNCA . North East Festival has recently become the part of prestigious Delhi International Art festival. Volunteers have gone door to door to various areas of Delhi to invite Delhiites to the festival.  

Around 30 bands will perform day and night and enthrall the audience in the entire festival.  Some of them are Guwahati Lights, Akhu- Imphal Talkies, Yesterdrive, Chethuwang, Vinyl Record, Soulmate and The Local Train, Foot Wings, Stuti Choudhury, Minutes of Decay and Mayukh Hazarika, Tetseo Sisters, Guru Rewben Mashangva, Frisky Pints, Bluestring Parth, Zubeen Garg, Jeli Kayi, Emielyn D. Das, Aborginals Project, Brahmaputra Boys, Late Too Soon, Simanta Sekhar, Girish and the Chornicles, MSonic and Bollywood singer Ash King.

Everyday there will be ethnic Dance by artistes from various States of North East India and Sangeet Natak Akademi. There will also be a quiz competition ‘Know Your North East’ organized as an awareness drive in JNU and  DU.

The North East Festival, has become a brand which is synonymous with the unification of the various stakeholders of North East under one dynamic platform.

The event is expected to be attended more than one lakh people, top North East icons like MC Mary Kom, Adil Hussain,  Everester Anshu Jemsenpa etc., Policymakers of the country,  Chief Ministers of various North Eastern States, top bureaucrats, intellectuals, students, Investors, Tour operators, among others.

The PM is invited to inaugurate the Festival which is also expected to be attended by many senior union cabinet Ministers.

Speaking about this year’s edition, Shyamkanu Mahanta, Organiser-in-Chief, North East Festival said, ‘This year, the theme is Insurgence to Resurgence with focus on highlighting the positive stories of entrepreneurship and development.  Apart from the Carnival,  Exhibition Cum Sale showcasing unique artisans and weavers of the region, organic fruits and vegetables would be presented.
‘The objective is to present people of Delhi to understand North East India in one platform, to encourage tourism to NER.’

Mr. Mahanta informed there would be serious discussion on critical issues of the region. To attract investment in ITES Sector in association with Ministry of IT, a Seminar is organised with investors to explore investments in the ITES sector in the North East.  A session on Education is expected to be chaired by Union HRD Minister would discuss about ways of introducing subjects from North East in the School  College curriculum to create awareness about the region.‘This year our focus is on what we could contribute to our region beyond the festival, be it skill and entrepreneurship development, investment and tourism promotion etc.’, the organiser-in-chief of the festival added.
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