Chandigarh carnival showcases culture, traditions of northeastern states

Last Updated: Sat, Nov 24, 2012 10:50 hrs

A colourful carnival with the theme 'Dreamland' began on a cheerful note in Chandigarh, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of northeastern states.

The three-day extravaganza commenced on November 23 and would conclude on November 25.

Students from Chandigarh College of Arts participated in a colourful parade including tableaux with the characters of the fantasy world and Disneyland like Tom and Jerry, and Mickey Mouse.

The coordinator for Arunachal Pradesh Cultural Event, Nisha Sharma, said 28 tribes from the states would perform at the event.

"This year the theme was to promote northeast in Chandigarh. Our theme state is Arunachal. All the performances will be done by the tribes from Arunachal. There are around 103 tribes, which also consist of sub-tribes. We have chosen 28 tribes from it from which different dances have been performed. There is a huge population of Nishi tribe and there are other tribes also Apatani, Adi. We thought to present a glimpse of Northeast in Chandigarh in Dreamland area," said Sharma.

Visitors also thronged the pavilion of the Le Corbusier Centre and vintage car exhibition in the Museum and Art Gallery.

Kalyani, a visitor, said: "Every year the carnival is organized based on different themes. So, all the students prepare their things as per the theme. Activities are planned for the children and there are many things on display. So, every year, we have students who make many things and plan activities, so, of course there is a lot of exposure for them."

The General Manager (Tourism) with Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Corporation (CITCO), Arvind Malhotra briefed the mediapersons about the carnival.

"The theme of Chandigarh Carnival is 'Dreamland'. So, the entire carnival is based on the concept of Dreamland. Different stalls have been put including the food stalls. The northeastern states including Sikkim, Mizoram, and Arunachal Pradesh have come to exhibit their culture," said Malhotra.

Students also danced to the tunes of the Punjabi singer Satinder Sartaj.

The annual magnificent show of colourful tableaux and art works attracted huge crowds, including foreign tourists as well as locals.

The carnival showcased the rich cultural vibrancy of Arunachal Pradesh. The rural traditions, its food and costumes captivated everyone. (ANI)

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