New Delhi, September 12: Promoting the art, culture, heritage, cuisine, handicrafts, tourism of Northeast India, the ‘North East Calling’ festival kicked off in New Delhi. Propagating the beautiful, colourful, diverse culture, the feel of North East engulfed the India Gate Lawns in New Delhi, last evening.
Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region MDoNER had organised this festival under its 'Destination North East' series of this year. The event also included various performances, fashion shows depicting the rich culture of North East. The two-day event included the showcase of the rich culture of North East, including Music Festival for bands of North-East, Cultural Night for Dances of North-East. The B2B conferences were also organised at the event.
The festival was inaugurated by Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region. Also for the 1st time in the history of India, Indian Administrative Service officers rocked the ramp. Union Minister of State for DoNER, Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurated the ‘North East Calling’ festival with an aim to promote art, culture, heritage, cuisine, handicrafts, business and tourism of North East India. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh complimented that Ministry of DoNER and the young Assistant Secretaries attached to this Ministry, for giving their commitment and passion in organising this event. He also appealed to the public to come and visit the festival and understand the richness of the culture of North East.
During the closing ceremony, the winners and runner up prizes of the contests were also declared. The event witnessed huge response from the public. People from all sections enthusiastically participated in the event. The Ministry of DoNER organised more such events in future in various parts of the country under Destination North East series. The purpose of these events is to promote the art, culture, heritage, cuisine, handicrafts, business and tourism of North East India.
The Business to Business (B2B) conference was also being organised during the event. Also, three MoUs were signed in the presence of the Minister. The first MoU was signed between North East Tourism Development Council and the Yes Bank. The other two MoUs were signed with the Ministry under Science & Technology Interventions in the North East Region (STINER) aiming at enabling STINER and promoting NISARGRUNA technology of BARC in bio-energy technology in association with Tripura State.
He said that that such event will not only enrich the economy and culture of North Eastern region but will also bring the rest of India more closely to the North East. The development, upliftment and growth of North East have been on the priority of the Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.