What is the only thing better than visiting the North-East on a holiday? Actually, nothing. But still, if the North-East itself has come on a holiday for you, you can't but join in!
Lalitha Kala Academy, together with the Department of Culture, Government of Andhra Pradesh, is organising a cultural festival from 18th to 25th February, at Shilparamam. A number of artistes from the 8 states that form the North-East - Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim - are participating in various cultural activities, such as folk dances, songs and plays, at this 8-day fest. The entire schedule is given below:
6:00pm - Inauguration by Dr. Y S Rajashekara Reddy, Chief Minister, followed by folk dances by performers from the North-East
6:00pm - Ratnakar, an Assamese play by Gunakar Dev Goswami
7:00pm - Agni, a dance choreography based on Vedic, Manipuri and Thang-Ta traditions
6:00pm - Choral music
7:00pm - Liandovate, a Mizo play by M S Ralte
6:00pm - Music ensemble by instrumentalists and vocalists of the North-East
7:00pm - Folk dances by troupes from all the 8 states of the North-East
6:00pm - Jewels of the North-East, and traditional and contemporary costumes of the North-East states
7:00pm - Contemporary music by Snow White Band
6:00pm - Gayan Bayan, Sattriya, Odissi, Bharatanatyam, Pung Cholom, Kathak and Basant Raas classical dance recitals by the artistes of all the NE states
3:00pm - Traditional folk theater, Dhulia Bhaona, Balan, Shumang Leela, Dhub Jatara and Yak dance
6:00pm - Folk and popular music by Mayukh Hazarika and Laili Dutta Hazarika
7:00pm - Popular music by Zubeen Garg
The North-East is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse regions in India. Each of the eight states that form this part of India has its own culture and tradition. Assam occupies the lush lowlands of the Brahmaputra Valley and is the most densely populated. Arunachal Pradesh occupies the densely forested and sparsely populated foothills of the Himalayas, and is one of the major tourist attractions because of its Buddhist influence.
Meghalaya, with its pine-clad hills and lakes, is famous as the wettest region of the world. Nagaland has a rich war history that attracts tourists. Sikkim is renowned for its Buddhist monastries, like the Rumtek and the Namchi.
The other three states - Manipur, known as the 'land of jewels', Mizoram and Tripura make up a fascinating area consisting of green valleys and lush hills with variety of flora and fauna.
For further details, please contact the venue at 2310-0455.