Finally, the five day cultural extravaganza – Discover North East- Assam and Shilpmela comes to an end on Sunday with magnificent display of colour and variety of northeast region. The programme was organized by North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC), under the union ministry of culture.
On the last day, renowned folk artiste and exponent Dr Prashanna Gogoi choreographed more than 150 artistes from eight communities of the region on a single stage to highlight the unique diversity of the region.
“This is really amazing to choreograph all these different types of dances. Our region is full of such wonderful dance forms. It was really a dream come true to see all these forms together on a same stage. I hope people have enjoyed it,” Gogoi said.
The Sho community of Arunachal Pradesh presented Dome Tserik, the Meitei community of Manipur performed Dhol-Dholak Cholom and Thang-Ta. The Garo community of Meghalaya stole the show with their spectacular display of Wangala dance while the Mizo dancers performed Cheraw on the same stage.
Besides, the Chakma community of Tripura performed Bizu dance, Limboo community of Sikkim displayed their beautiful Chabrung dance and the Ao community of Nagaland displayed War dance. Bihu was also a part of the event to add more charm to the occasion.
Discover North East has been conceptualized keeping in view the enchanting and colourful culture of the North East Region that deserves higher appreciation and respect. NEZCC is of the opinion that the atrocities faced by North East communities in other parts of the country is primarily out of ignorance about the region; and therefore a concerted effort is deemed appropriate and need of the hour to showcase the best of the North East way of life, which needs to be realized first within the region, and the same needs to be taken forward to the rest of the country to garner respect and appreciation.
The programme stated on October 29. The programme also witnessed traditional food mela, book mela, crafts and painting exhibition among others.
NEZCC director Lipokmar Tzudir said that it was utmost necessary to successfully conduct the programme for the region and its people. The next destination for the Discover North East is at Tura in Meghalaya from November 4.