Delhi hosts 'Cultures of Peace' a festival of Northeast

Last Updated: Sun, Jan 27, 2013 06:40 hrs

'Cultures of Peace' - a festival of the Northeast, featuring music, film screenings, readings and discussions highlighting the literature, culture, politics and food of the region was recently held in Delhi.

The event was held under the aegis of Zubaan, a New Delhi publisher, and the idea was to bring the Northeast closer to the mainland.

"We are not only bringing the Northeast to the mainland but we are also bringing writers, journalists, film makers to talk and interact which give them a platform to discuss on various topics," said Urvashi Butalia, organizer, director of Zubaan.

"If we have a good film school in northeast and give training to the youngster and local people then I think the film scenario will completely change and the youngster will start making good film," said Oinam Doren, a filmmaker from Manipur

Various books by authors from the region were also released during the event.

The highlight of the event an exhibition of photographs titled "Archives from Mizoram" and "Portraits from the Northeast".

"Through my portraits, I want the northeast to bridge the gap and bring the culture closer so that people appreciate other tribes, specific culture of Northeast," said Vishal Sabharwal, a photographer.

"This kind of event is extremely important because people attend this festival not only from northeast but also people from other part of the states and students from different region so they get to know more about northeast,' added Joseph Rai, a visitor.

In a cultural show, the crowd was enthralled by Anwesa Mahanta, who performed the famous Sattriya Dance of Assam.

Anwesa has been learning, researching and interpreting Sattriya Dance, music and theatre for over 20 years.

"It's a good opportunity to perform at this festival and at the same time such festival helps other people to connect Northeast in better way,' said Anwesa.

Such events help bring people closer to their roots and spread awareness about their rich culture to a larger audience. by Themthingchon Y R (ANI)

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