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Octave NE Festival, Amritsar 2010 concludes
Published on 20 Feb. 2010 12:09 AM IST
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The Octave – Festival of the North East was organized by Ministry of Culture, Government of India in collaboration with North East Zone Cultural Centre, Dimapur, North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala, Punjab from February 13 to 17, 2010 at Khalsa College Campus, Amritsar, Punjab. The Octave – 2010 was inaugurated by Shivraj Vishvanath Patil, Governor of Punjab on February 13 with V. Hekali Zhimomi, IAS, Director, NEZCC, D. S. Saroya, Director, North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala, Senior Government officials and other dignitaries. The first and second day was marked by folk dance presentation comprised of Chanting, a Buddhist prayer by the monks of Sikkim, Eme Relo dance of Arunachal Pradesh, Bihu and Barat dances of Assam, Pung Cholom, Dhol Cholom, Lai Haraoba dances and Thang-ta of Manipur, Wangla and Ka Shad Mastieh dances of Meghalaya, Cheraw dance of Mizoram, Singhi Chham and Ghato Kito Dances of Sikkim and Hozagiri dance of Tripura. Altogether 364 artistes participated in the folk dance presentation. The Octave Amritsar -2010 was conceptualized by – Advisor and Consultant by Padmashri Ratan Thiyam and choreograph by Th. Chaotombi Singh and Stage & Light coordinated by Ibochuoba Meetei which made the folk dance presentation a grand success. In North East Traditional Costume Show altogether 23 couples- Arunachal Pradesh – 2 couples, consisting Assam – 3 couples¸ Manipur – 3 couples, Meghalaya– 3 couples¸ Mizoram – 3 couples¸ Nagaland – 3 couples¸ Sikkim – 3 couples and Tripura – 3 couples participated. The North East Traditional Costume was organized to showcase and promote the traditional dresses and ornaments of different communities of the North East. Abhijeet Singha choreographed the North East Traditional Costume. In the Folk & Fusion Music of the North East category, the NEZCC presented Tati from Nagaland and Voices “Na Rympei” from Meghalaya. The North East India famous for its choral singing groups, classical & rock bands. To promote the art form the NEZCC presented Choral Singing of North East consisting of Coronation Choir, Nagaland and Mizo Choir, Mizoram on the fourth day and folk classical and rock bands consisting of Rewben Mashangva, Manipur and Afflatus Rock Band, Shillong on the fifth day.

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