The first ever Northeast festival Songs and Dances of Northeast hosted by North Eastern Council and Government of Meghalaya at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee on April 11.
This is a major initiative by the Government of Meghalaya and the North Eastern Council to create a platform for organising the event in the Capital. Mukul Sangma, Chief Minister of Meghalaya along with other senior officials of North Eastern Council will grace the occasion by their presence.
The festival will help to enhance the multi-ethnic character of the country’s capital and dispel impressions that it was hostile to outsiders, particularly people from the Northeast. “The event is conceptualised and designed to bind together the diverse culture and heritage of the North East on a common platform and connect with rest of India. North East is known for its diverse music, richness of cultures, colours’ of traditions and the sweet melodies of folklores” said M War Nongbri- Director Art and Culture (Government of Meghalaya).
The festival shall represent The Octave – Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Arunachal Prasesh, Sikkim, Nagaland and Manipur.
The festival showcases the rich, cultural ethnicity and diversity of Northeast India. This festival takes Northeast and its heritage outside the Northeast for the first time in such a big and multidimensional way to capital of India and in a sense to the rest of the country and the world. It is a day-long festival where visitors experience almost everything from the Northeast - from food, songs, dances, culture, and much more.
It is the perfect time for people from all walks of life to get a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage of the region. Witness the grandness of the Octave as they set up their stalls and display a plethora of the finest products from the Northeast for the world to discover. This shall also be an opportunity to savor North-eastern cuisine with a wide variety of mouth-watering delicacies.
Music lovers and culture connoisseurs will have a splendid time attending this festival as performances by Northeast bands will be a major attraction of the festival. Leading Bands of North East like Imphal Talkies, Minute of Decay, Silman Marak, Mizoram folk Artist, Girish and the Chronicles will be performing at the festival.
This festival showcases the celebration of the way of life of the people there with a great sense of mysticism and cultural euphoria. All of these unlimited and unforgettable experiences and much more comes for free.
When: On April 11 Where: Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium