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NEZCC Fest underway

NEZCC Chairman K.Sanakaranarayan and chief minister Neiphiu Rio lighting the lamp. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR Mar 19 (NPN):
Published on 20 Mar. 2009 1:34 AM IST
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Artistes, singers from various states for six-day event A six- day North East Spring Festival organized by the NEZCC got underway at an impressive inaugural through cultural items with state Governor K. Sankaranarayanan as chief guest at the NEZCC venue Thursday. Speaking on the occasion, the Governor who is also chairman of the NEZCC said culture not only formed the basis of the society but also served as foundation for peace and harmony among people from different communities and beliefs. “We must envision and work towards a region and a country, made richer and more beautiful by the diversity that exist rather than getting differentiated because of the differences that may seem to be there in various culture” “I sincerely believe that that our unique culture and art forms can be instrumental in bringing development, peace and prosperity to this region by educating other about our way of life, our values, our creative potentials and the warm hospitality of the people”. He called for drawing people closer by using the ‘wonderful cultures’ of the people. Stressing on the importance of the art forms from the northeast region, the governor said there has been a significant increase in demand for performances form the artists of the Northeast region. He encouraged NEZCC to continue with its effort and ensure that it continued to work for the promotion of art forms and artists of all its members- states. He expressed belief that by doing so, centre could play a vital role in contributing to their livelihood opportunities for the artistes of the state, and also expressed hope through the spring festival youths of Nagaland would be inspired to take keen interest in various art forms so that rich cultural traditions were preserved. Also speaking on the occasion, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio extended a warm welcome to all the artistes and people who had gathered to witness the evening extravaganza.He also expressed the hope that as the performances would not only inspire but also instill goodwill among the peoples of various regions. Earlier, director NEZCC Hekali Zhimomi IAS delivered the welcome address and secretary to the governor Abhijit Sinha IAS proposed the vote of thanks. Colours of spring came alive with the sound of traditional drums and flutes as cultural extravaganza by 15 troupes from all over the state put some scintillating display of traditional dances and art form on the opening night. Troupes from Andhra Pradesh, Orrisa, Manipur, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Uttar Pradesh, Nagaland, Tripura, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Mizoram, Harayana, Assam and Gujarat performed at the inaugural function Earlier the weather threatened to play spoilt with thunder showers but it stopped much before the programme started.

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