Delhi Bids Adieu to NorthEast Festival 2015 Asking For An Encore

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North East Festival 2015 (Photo by: Bishwajit Aribam)
(Photo by: Bishwajit Aribam)

After showcasing a solid package of North East’s art and culture for three consecutive days, the biggest festival out of the North-East concluded with some famous numbers from Bollywood singer, and heartthrob of the region, Jubeen Garg, at IGNCA, in Janpath, on October 18.

With tourism as its key focus, the 3rd edition of the festival put on display an elaborate range of programmes such as painting, photography, fashion shows, cartoon exhibitions, handloom and handicrafts stalls, along with dance and musical performances.

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.

The final day of the festival paid more attention to Majauli, which is the largest river island in the World. Visitors from different parts of India were shown a short audio visual presentation about Majauli’s heritage, resources, and concerns over the alarming levels of soil erosion. Majauli is located on the banks of the Brahmaputra river.

Apart from talking about environmental concerns in the region, more than 40 musical bands – Boomarang, Purple Fusion, Abiogenesis, Traffic Jam, SKD, Parikrama, The Local Train, Girish & The Chronicles, and Anaya Brahma, enthralled the crowd during the the third installment of the festival.

The event also showcased 30 dance forms, 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.

Apart from cultural shows, agriculture and horticulture exhibitions, exhibitions of various tribes, display of the achievements of freedom fighters, as well as traditional sports, were also put up, in the event. Meetings with stakeholders about investment opportunities in the North-East were also organised.

The festival, which was inaugurated by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on 16th September, featured signature cuisines from the North-Eastern states. He appreciated the initiative of the festival, and assured the North-Eastern community in Delhi, full security and support.

Delighted visitors tasted different kinds of food items, which included delicious bamboo shoots, pork, chicken, and duck, flavoured with the world famous Bhut Jolokia.

The fourth edition of the festival is expected to come to the city next year, around the same time, to rock the city yet again.

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