The sixth edition of the popular North East Festival, Delhi’s largest cultural festival in terms of footfall and variety, returns to its home at the IGNCA (Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts), Janpath. The Festival, which will be held this year from October 26 to 28, promises to be a colorful extravaganza, greater spectacle, bringing together the magnificent North East under one forum.
The Festival is getting bigger and bigger every year. Its popularity is due to its enormous entertainment value and a unique and refreshing cultural content has well and truly caught the attention of the people of Delhi.
The North East Festival is also about bringing the serious issues of the region to the fore. The process to update the National Registrar of Citizens (NRC) of Assam has been in the news for the last few months. The Supreme Court-monitored NRC process aims at identifying illegal immigrants, who came to Assam after March 25, 1971, the cut-off date fixed as per the Assam Accord. This year will see a special seminar on ‘NRC – Untruth, Half-Truth and Truth’, featuring some of the most noteworthy voices from the region, leaders from various tribes and communities, media houses, intellectuals, who will delve deep into the National Register for Citizens and its significance.
One of the main attractions of North East Festival will be the spectacular presentation of cuisines from the region. This year, there will be more than 40 food stalls which will present varieties of North Eastern Food from Nagaland, Manipur, Assam, Arunachal, Sikkim, Mizoram, Tripura and Meghalaya. The region’s food is famous for the herbs and their health quotient, which will be showcased in plenty.
Another attraction will be a presentation of organic fruits and vegetables of the region. North East Festival will present three evenings of vibrant fashion – in which the most talented designers from the region such as Yana Ngoba, Barsha Aditya Singh, Rupert Lynrah, Escape Engmoiya, Sanghamitra Phukon, Bompie Riram, Jagrity Phukan, Khrielasier Liezietsu will showcase their creations with 30 of best North Eastern models.
The main North East Festival stage will be rocking as always. This year line up looks interesting indeed with names such as rapper Khasi Bloodz, Classical Rock band Still Waters, Naga folk band Tetseo Sisters, rocking Arunachali folk band Omak Komut Collective, Pune based popular rock band Aswekeepsearching, Assamese new sensation Neel Akash and evergreen brand ambassador of North East festival, Zubeen Garg, Choir from Manipur, rapper Rahul Rajkhowa, Bollywood singer Papon, Lou Majaw, DJ MKSHFT, DJ Shameless Mani and many more.
?With support from various central government agencies, state governments of North East, North East Festival is driven by the Socio Cultural Trust, Trend MMS in collaboration with IGNCA.
Shyamkanu Mahanta, founder & chief organiser of North East Festival said, “The biggest positive of the North East Festival is that it has been able to connect with Delhi and helped in bridging the gap. It has helped in giving a platform for North Eastern people to showcase their talent to the people of Delhi. This year, the Festival promises to be even bigger.”
The entry for the Festival is free and the timing will be from 11 am to 10 pm.