Source: News Bharati English15 Feb 2016 10:57:18

New Delhi, February 15: To develop the North eastern region of India as a key destination for young entrepreneurs and Startups, the DoNER Ministry organized a festival known as ‘Destination North-East-2016’ on Friday. The second day of the festival, being held at the Pragati Maidan witnessed talent and skills from the north-east region. North-east students from the prestigious National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) showcased the emerging designs from the north-east region during the event.
The three-day mega event includes theme specific Business Summit consisting of sectors like Tourism, Agriculture, Food Processing, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, IT, Handloom & Handicrafts, Livelihood, Micro-Finance and Start ups. Destination North East will enable various Central Ministries to showcase their initiatives in North East India. The event will also have cultural programmes to showcase the rich culture and folk dances of North East India.

Ethnic, authentic handicrafts and traditional apparel was highlighted during the event besides the exquisite designs and trends of the north-east region. At the cultural event, folk fusion and crossover music from the region were also presented.

Guru Rewben Mashangva, an accomplished band from north-east, also performed at the event, which also witnessed performances from other highly accomplished bands such as Mayukh Hazarika, Purple Fusion and Rida and The Musical Folks. "Culturally, India is so very diverse. Each state has its own beauty and uniqueness. I am very happy that the programme is very successful. We are all here from all over India" said Maldi Rawat, one of the organizers.

Puppa Chatterjee, a visitor, said the government must promote such handicrafts in the country. The festival is aimed at attracting a combination of tourist and potential investors, besides bridging the gap between the rest of India and the north-east region.

Cultural events include North-East folk music and dance choreography, Bihu dance featuring the acclaimed Madhurima, folk medley choreographed by Guru Madhurima Choudhury, popular rock music of North-East – performance by the Reverse Tragedy Band, Folk fusion and crossover music and Fashion Show of NIFT. Competitions for school children will also be held such as Quiz, Dance (solo & group) and Singing (Hindustani, Indian Pop, Western Pop and Classical).