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Shillong Autumn festival to showcase rich culture of NE


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By Our Reporter

 SHILLONG: The Shillong Autumn Festival this would showcase the rich cultural traditional of the North Eastern Region.

Keeping in mind this year’s theme ‘Experiencing  the  North East’, the festival shall act as the rallying point to create awareness, a place to expose and sell natural/ethnic products of the State and the Northeast in general.

The festival will kick off with  the  Shillong  Street  Carnival  involving  localities , schools and  colleges  besides  cultural  troupes of the  eight states  of  the  North  East on November 4.

The festival would then shift to Orchid Lake Resort, Umiam on November 5 and 6. The North East  Cultural Extravaganza  showcasing Manipuri  Krishna Ballet, Pong Cholam &  Thang-Ta Martial  arts would be organised at the resort.

Other  performances  will  include the  sensual  Hojaigiri Dance  from  Tripura, Snow Lion dance  from Sikkim  and  traditional  games  from Arunachal Pradesh  and  Nagaland  and  Garo  and  Khasi  drummers .

The Government is contemplating to make this year’s festival as the biggest ever event in the State.

“‘I promise to make the event a grand one this year,” Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma told reporters on Tuesday.

Besides this festival, he said, the Government would soon be coming up with a calendar of all the festivals taking place throughout the year.

Briefing about the festival, Meghalaya Tourism Development Forum (MTDF) Larsing M Sawian said that the  North  East  can  boast  of  having  as  many  as  166  tribes  and  sub tribes  and  a   myriad of  cultural institutions  and   what  better  way to  showcase  the  creative potential of its cultural institutions in the festival.

“The  geographical  location of  Shillong  and  its  demographic  set up has  given  it  the  advantage  of  staging  such  a  festival  that  showcases  the rich  culture  of  the  North East,” he said.

Larsing also urged upon the schools and colleges including general public to  come  out  and  participate  in  the  street   carnival.

“The best participants in the carnival would be with a prize  money  of  Rs. 50000, Rs 30,000 and Rs 20000,” MTDF president said while adding that the theme  for the  Carnival Parade will be ”Shillong”.

He also said that the festival would attempts to showcase the diverse culture, cuisine and products of the North East Region under one roof.

“It will re-create a melting pot and an atmosphere that reflects the natural beauty, culture and traditional products of the NE all in one venue and give the visitor a taste of the North East in a three-day festival,” Larsing added.

Other attraction of the event also includes  entertainment  in  the  form  of  Adventure Sports,  Fashion and  Music. This  year  visitors  will  witness  never  before  seen  Acro  Flights at  Umiam   by  Ace  Paraglider  Pilots  from  France.

A fashion show  by  eminent  designers  and  models  of  the  North East with  big  names  like Bonney ONNEY Darrang from Arunachal Pradesh,  Nandini from Assam, Daisy Momin from Tura   and  Keds  from Nagaland confirming  their  participation.

The  5th  &  6th   will also   feature  prominent bands  &  musicians  from  the  region &  country at  Orchid  Lake  Resort . Big  Bands  like Shaiir ‘n’ funk (whose s vocalist featured in the movie Dhobi Ghat which was produced by Amir Khan), Raghu Dixt, Reuben Mashangvaand will  be  performing  along  with  homegrown  bands,  4th Element, Street  Stories  and  Dossers  Urge and others.


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