North East Festival is back in Delhi to light up the cultural mosaic of the city from November 3 to November 5, 2017. For the last two years, North East Festival has been held at IGNCA, Janpath, New Delhi to reduce the regional disparity and celebrate the essence of North East India. Connected by the intricate cultural thread, it represents eight states — Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. Union Cultural Minister Dr Mahesh Sharma inaugurated the event on Friday evening, followed by a spectacular performance by singer Zubeen Garg.
The three-day festival will witness performances by Assamese singers like Papon and Zubeen Garg followed by artists like rapper Borkung Hrangkhawl, heavy metal bands Pulse Pandits, Girish & Chronicles (GATC), Traffic Jam and international DJ Teri Miko among many others. More than 200 stalls have been set up which feature beautiful saris, shawls, scarves, handloom products and mouthwatering northeastern cuisines to satisfy every foodie’s taste buds. The edition will also feature the NEF Rock Battle, where various student rock bands of Delhi Colleges will be battling against each other to win a cash prize and get the ultimate chance to perform on the final day of the festival. Bringing 150 weavers and artisans together under one platform, the event is no behind in fashion quotient featuring top designs, northeast models, and celebrity showstoppers.
“We want to spread the message that the North East is stable and safe, especially regions like Assam and Nagaland. We will also be talking about respect for women and highlight the matriarchal society prevalent in Meghalaya,” said Shyamkanu Mahanta, chief organiser of the festival.
Amongst the festivities and celebrations, one can also spot a stall by Delhi State Legal Services Authorities; “People are coming to the festival for food and fun, but if they want some legal assistance, we can provide help. If there is a pending case in any court, they can come to us. We will help them,” advocate Eliza Rumthao told IANS.
The entry for the festival is free and the timings for the same are 11 AM to 10 PM.