Connecting People, celebrating life
To reduce the regional gaps and to celebrate the essence of North East India, NORTH EAST FESTIVAL was organized on 8th & 9th November, 2013 at IGNCA Ground, Janpath, New Delhi. The event considered as the biggest ever festival on North East Region in National capital aimed to highlight the positive aspects of the region which is so full of talents, resources and success stories. The festivalhas been widely appreciated across all sectors including by the people of the region, thousands of people came to see this maiden festival. Around 100 newspapers in the National media appreciated the event and publicity received in the event is unprecedented in the history of this region which was mostly getting negative media publicity over the years.
The two day festival witnessed participation from all the eight North East state governments simultaneously on a common platform to showcase their investment and tourism potential. The festival drew participation from all sections of the society like sportspersons, actors, bureaucrats, singers, dancers, folk artists, bureaucrats, policy makers, media, students, entrepreneurs, chefs, corporate and common people.
A colourful carnival of various dance forms of North East, folk music, famous rock musicians of the region, North Eastern food delicacies, Handloom & Handicraft Exhibition, Agro & Horti Exhibition, Exhibition of various tribes of North East, Freedom Fighters etc, colourful fashion shows, traditional sports etc. North East Festival is also the platform to discuss the critical issues of North East, B2B session on tourism, Buyers Sellers Meet, discussion on Act East Policy etc are organised.
To reduce the regional gaps and to celebrate the essence of North East India, NORTH EAST FESTIVAL was organized at IGNCA Ground, Janpath, New Delhi. The event considered as the biggest ever festival on North East Region in National capital aimed to highlight the positive aspects of the region which is so full of talents, resources and success stories. The festivalhas been widely appreciated across all sectors including by the people of the region, thousands of people came to see this maiden festival. Around 100 newspapers in the National media appreciated the event and publicity received in the event is unprecedented in the history of this region which was mostly getting negative media publicity over the years.
Connected by an infinite chain of pearly threads, intricate as a spider’s web the North-East India represents 8 states - Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura which is considered as India’s most distinct and spectacular region. Spread over an approximate expanse of 2,65,000 sq km. north east represents a true collage of colours of ethnic groups with their diverse language and culture but all bound together by a chord of unison.
Create awareness about the region.
Showcase the uniqueness of culture and people of India’s North East.
Connect within the North East amongst various tribes and communities and to connect with rest of India.
Showcase the core competency of the region – Tourism, Handloom Handicraft etc Create Marketing linkages.
Create a platform to discuss the critical issues of North East India..
The First Edition of North East Festival(NEF) was organised in 8th and 9th November, 2013 at IGNCA, New Delhi. For the first time in the history, 8 North Eastern State Governments joined hand to showcase the North East. NEF got widespread publicity across the country and has become a platform for taking up various issues of North Eastern region.
The Fourth edition of North East Festival is being proposed on 4th, 5th and 6th November 2016.
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Inaugural SessionThe important dignitaries of the event who were facilitated and delivered their speeches during the inaugural sessions include the following.
Sri Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Dy. Chairman, Planning Commission, Govt. of India was Chief Guest of the event.
Sri P.S. Ghatowar, Union Minister, DoNER, GoI
Sri MukulSangma, CM, Govt. of Meghalay.
Sri PK Jeliang, Planning Minister, Govt. of Nagaland.
Sri ArnabGoswami, Editor in Chief, Times Now
Harishankar Brahma, Election Commissioner of Indin.
AdilHussain, eminent actor and theatre personality
Victor Banerjee, renowned actor.
Sri DS Poonia, former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Manipur. Sri Gharekhan, President, IGNCA
Cultural Carnival The Cultural Carnival was inaugurated by Dr. MukulSangma, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Meghalaya. The dance carnival from North East States started from 1 PM in the amphitheatre, which drew maximum attraction. Dance performances include Wangla dance from Meghalaya, Yak dance from Sikkim, Dholchalam dance from Manipur, Lion dance from Arunachal Pradesh among others traditional dance forms from NE States.
Discussion on “North East India as special focus of India’s Look East Policy and Internal Security of North East” The Festival also aimed at highlighting the various critical aspects of North East India. The seminar on Look East Policy and Changing paradigm of Security of North East India highlighted the burning issues – insurgency, peace process, reaching out to ASEAN countries and way forward.
Interactive Session on security and other issues of North East Students in Delhi
The session was attended by:
SN Brahmo Choudhury, Adviser (NE) Planning Commission
AM Singh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of DoNER
Robin Hibu, Joint Commissioner, Delhi Police
Leaders representing different NE Students Union in Delhi
The session was attended by 23 student bodies of North East based in Delhi. Threadbare discussion took place on all issues faced by the student including issues of security, fund requirement for setting blood banks, Hostels and the process of implementing the same.
Business to Business (B2B) Session on North East Tourism – “Paradise Unexplored” A productive session, it was chaired by Sri Madan Prasad Bezbaruah, Member, NEC. Other speakers were K. Damayanthi, Joint Secretary, DoNER, Subhash Khanna, President, IATO, Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Principal Secretary, Govt. of Manipur and senior officials of India Tourism, Assam Tourism.
During the session it was decided that a proposal for Air connectivity for the region would be moved from the North East Festival platform.
Concurrent Session - Empowering Entrepreneurship in North East – success stories, skill development strategy Speakers - JP Rai, Director General, National Skill Development Agency DS Poonia, Ex- Chief Secretary of Manipur B. P. Mukhtieh, CMD, NEDFi Few successful entrepreneurs of the region comprising Kh. Palin of Manipur Shija Hospital, Dr. Dhabali of Classic Hotel Manipur, Mr. Habib Choudhury of Laos, Mr. Khanindra Barman who is running 17 restaurants in Bengaluru and Hyderabad, Mr. Sidhanta, innovator from London who despite all difficult situation attained success spoke about their journey.
Interaction with North East IconsThis interactive session was attended by Olympian MC Mary Kom, eminent actor Adil Hussain, Maharaja of Tripura Pradyot Debbarman, Owner of Lajong Club and Centre Point Hotels, Larsing Ming. The icons talked about their vision of North East, their journey and answered queries from media and general public. The session was aimed at giving opportunity to common people to interact with their icons and draw inspiration and courage to fight for what they want to do in their lives.
The packed hall room where this took place was filled with positive vibes from these fighters who braved all the rough in their individual lives and succeeded in doing what they loved.
Closing Ceremony, Fashion Show and Cultural Evening The closing ceremony was attended by Sri Nabam Tuki, CM, Arunachal Pradesh, Sri Pema Khandu, Minister for Tourism, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Robin Hibu, Joint Commissioner, Delhi Police, Sri SN Brahmo Choudhury, Adviser (NE), Planning Commission, Sri DS Poonia, Ex- Chief Secretary of Manipur and board of advisor of North East Festival. Following successful personalities from North East were felicitated:
Jadav Payeng, popularly known as Forest Man of India
Adil Hussain, eminent actor and brand ambassador of the event
Dr. Palin, Founder, Shija Hospital, Manipur
Habib Mohammed Chowdhury, Founder, HSMM Group, Laos
The fashion show was organized exclusively by the designers and models from North East, displaying rich and unique pattern, design of North East handloom. Showstoppers were brand ambassadors Mary Kom, Adil Hussain, Zubin Garg, Guru Rewben Mashangva Cultural Evening – thousands of spectators enthralled by the performance by Kalpana Patowary, Alobo Naga & Band and the star attraction was Khasi rock singer Lou Majaw..