Two cultural festivals promise to bring the best of northeast India to Delhi

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SPLENDOR OF THE SEVEN SURS

The sixth edition of the Northeast Festival is here and just like its previous editions, features a variety of Seven Sisters lip makeup recipes, cultural performances, fashion shows and even a rock band competition. This year there will be more than 40 food stalls that will showcase food varieties from the northeast of Naga, Manipuri, Assamese, Arunachali, Sikkimese, Mizoram,
Tripura and Meghalaya. And, of course, there will also be a wide range of pigs.

Another attraction will be a presentation of organic fruits and vegetables from the region. Shyamkanu Mahanta, chief organizer of the North East Festival, said, “This festival has helped to raise awareness of the North East. Delhiite lakhs have attended previous editions of the festival and I think the racial attack, which was a major problem in Delhi, has diminished in recent years and this festival has played a major role there. “

Proving that music is the strong point of those in the North East, artists like Bollywood musician Papon, folk group Naga Tetseo Sisters, rock band Aswekeepsearching, Zubeen Garg, rock legend Lou Majaw and his band as well than a choir from Manipur. In addition, there will also be a stone battle from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Open to the public from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on three days, the festival will also see 150 craft stalls showcasing exotic hand-woven and artisanal products from the Northeast as well as agriculture, horticulture and food processing stalls. , including tea stalls.

Fashionistas across the region will also show off their skills by working with traditional patterns and textiles to put on a colorful fashion show each evening.

There will also be dancers and folk actors who will perform cultural performances, bringing tales from their hometown and introducing them to people here, including Bagrumba dance, Hozagiri dance from Tripura, Bihu dance, Zilliangrong dance. by Liangmai Naga and the Garo Wangla dance. There will also be a Manipuri martial arts performance called Thang Ta on day 3.

The sixth edition of the North East Festival will be held at IGNA, Janpath until October 28.

BINGE ON GOOD FOOD AND MUSIC INDIA

International Center is back with the 15th anniversary of its annual festival and this year’s theme is “Living the Northeast”. The five-day festival will feature a mix of dance, music, theater, films, talks, exhibits and special cuisine with a focus on the cultural richness of the northeastern states. The festival is organized in collaboration with the Northeast Council, Ministry of Development of the Northeast region.

The “Time past and present time” exhibition shows the history of Tripura, its inhabitants, its literature, its artisanal tradition and its archaeological heritage.

Curator Pragya Deb Burman said: “Once you get out of Tripura it isn’t talked about at all. We want people to come and explore rare photos of the royal heritage and the dynasty’s pioneers, copies of documents, paintings recreated on canvas and a collection of photographs from the 1860s that introduced photography to the Northeast. “

There will also be an exhibition of bamboo crafts and edibles from the region. Cultural performances from eight northeastern states, live rock music, and documentary film screenings are scheduled until October 31. Seven Sisters dishes – contemporary fusion cuisine, traditional Assamese thali called Baankaahi, and Khasi dinner – are also offered. “We are here to provide people with rare ingredients like millets, sticky rice and medicinal ginger specially brought from northeast India.” said Chief Joel.

‘The IIC Experience: A Festival of Arts’ will be held at the India International Center from October 27 to 31. For the detailed program, visit http://www.iicdelhi.nic.in


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