@ Vikash Sharma | Sr Journalist
New Delhi: All roads of Delhi-NCR on Saturday night led to New Moti Bagh Club,Chanakyapuri, for the inaugural ceremony of the much hyped annual event ‘Celebrating North East’ organized by North East Institute of Fashion Technology (NEIFT) from Assam.
In his welcome address, the Festival Curator, Vikram Rai Medhi expressed his happiness and gratitude to people of Delhi for giving the opportunity to bring in the North East festival and enabling the performing artists to touch base with their fans from here. For most of the artists, this was their first Live Gig after the pandemic hit the country in 2020. The fest was jointly Inaugurated by Smt. Darshana Jardosh,Honble Minister of State for Railways and Textiles, Dr. Ranjankumar Ranjan Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs and Education , Sri Ramdas Athawale, Minister of State for Social justice & Empowerment Govt. of India and Sri U.P. Singh Secretary of Textiles,Govt. of India.in the presence of Member of Parliament,Diplomats etc..
There were Folk Dance performances Bodo Groups from Kokrajhar which enthralled the Audience. Ladies group from North East presented welcome Songs by Dr. Bhupen Hazarika. Bihu performance by Assamese Actor Priyam Pallabi was a major attraction of the evening.. Five Fashion Sequences were presented by 30 Top Models featuring by the Designer Bidyut & Rakesh, Nandini, Arita. Sunepnaro, Shangmao ,and Juni Narzary from Bodoland. The crowd was mesmerized by the rich and exotic textiles of the north east region. Popular Models like Nayanika Chatterjee,Palak Yadav of MTV Spits villa, Sonali etc were seen on the Ramp.
There were exotic North East cuisines alongwith with Handloom, Handicrafts stores from the region.
Vikram Rai Medhi, Chief Festival Curator shares, “We are feeling blessed to have the support of Various Central Govt. Ministries, Bodoland Territorial Council, Assam Government and specially the management New Moti Bagh Club in making our 13th Edition of CELEBRATING NORTH EAST a reality. All have encouraged and supported us to bring the Music, Culture, Fashion, Delicacy, Handicrafts, Handlooms ,Tourism Destinations here to Delhi and create a MINI NORTH EAST for two days at Chanakyapuri . We believe that such festivals bring people of different communities closer and enables in eroding the negative myths about North East Region.
North East Region (NER) is a culturally diverse and rich region with its own socio-anthropological history. Its terrain is perfect for adventure Tourism etc. but unfortunately many are not aware of it. This festival has been organized to bring Delhi-NCR people closer to North East culture”
The second day will see many Fashion Shows, Dances along with the Exhibitions and NER Cuisines.