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Monday, 23 January 2012

NE carnival in Delhi during Feb 18-28

Written by Imphal Free Press | January 22, 2012

IMPHAL, January 22: The Indigenous People Welfare Organization, in active collaboration with Delhi Tourism and supported by a host of other entities and authorities including the DoNER ministry, Ministry of Home Affairs, Manipur Development Society, Sangai Caterers, NE Sun, etc., is organizing a mega event titled Carnival of North-East India 2012 at Dilli Haat, Pitampura, Delhi from February 18 to 28.

The event has been visualized and organized with the primary objective of providing an apt platform for projecting and promoting the diverse ethnic culinary arts, innovative craftsmanship and rich cultural heritage of the north-eastern region of India to people of the rest of the country as well as sensitization at the international level. The spirit of the spring season coupled with the gaiety and effervescent mood that normally entails such a season, makes the period the perfect time for providing a fresh impetus as well as exploit the huge tourism potential of the region.

The mega event will be interspersed with a two-day musical entertainment show featuring various popular bands like Rishi Inc. (Delhi), Hundred Octane (Delhi), Recycle (Imphal), The Dirty Strikes (Imphal), Soul Mate (Shillong), Fubar Ghetto (Delhi) and popular folk artiste from Mizoram, Mami Varte; a one-day fashion show parade featuring both aspiring and established models bedecked in ethnic and traditional attire incorporated with vibrant textures and intricate designs that amply portray the rich cultural heritage of the region will share the ramp to enthrall the visitors; cultural shows of the eight north-eastern states as well as an irresistible shot in the arm on the grand finale nite of the event with the popular jive of the state of Manipur “Thabal Chongba”. All in all, it promises to be an unforgettable and cherished experience for the eager visitors from all walks of life who are fortunate enough to throng the staccato entertainment mega-event.

Indigenous foods ranging from the humblest to the most exotic dishes and mouth-watering cuisines of the eight participating NE states shall form an integral part to tease and titillate the gastronomic palate of the visitors. Rare and indigenous crafts, artifacts, exquisite silks, hand-woven fabrics, intricate designs with tribal motifs, hand-crafted mementos and jewelleries of all kinds, shapes and sizes, a spectacular range of cane and bamboo works, etc. by the inimitably creative and gifted artisans of the region will adorn the stalls representing the eight states of the region during the event.

The venue of the mega event, Dilli Haat, Pitampura, near TV Tower, North Delhi, is the second open air food plaza cum craft bazaar run by Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation (DTTDC) with the first located near AIIMS, Sri Aurobindo Marg, opposite INA Market, South Delhi. Spread over a sprawling 17.8 acres far from the madding crowd, Dilli Haat, Pitampura may be accessed from both sides of the Metro Stations of Netaji Subash Place and Ring Road No. 41 and has an 8000 sqm basement parking space.

With the release of the document “North Eastern Region Vision 2020” by the Prime Minister in July, 2008 to match with the objectives of the Look East Policy, serious efforts have been made for the socio-economic development of this region. Taking into consideration the fact that the eight north eastern states have remained landlocked, joined to the rest of India by a narrow land corridor that skirts the north of Bangladesh measuring only 21 to 40 km in width and known as the chicken’s neck, thereby proving to be a serious impediment for the development of the region, it has lagged behind the rest of the country in terms of infrastructure and industrial development.

However, with the advent of the Look East Policy and the proposed “Asian Highway”, “Asian Railway Link” and “Natural Gas Pipeline”, the north-eastern region of India has emerged as an indispensable link for effectuating the said “Vision 2020”. This gala event aspires to reinvigorate the significance of the region once again to the urban clientele as well as provide a fresh impetus towards the goal of realizing such a vision.

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