The Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre (EZCC) will conduct Octave 2010, a 3-day festival on March 29, 30 and 31, in Kolkata on the art and culture of the eight states of north-eastern India: Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.
At the programme, folk dances would be held at EZCC’s Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex, IB 201 Salt Lake City on March 29, till 8 pm following the inauguration of OCTAVE 2010 at 6 pm by the Governor of West Bengal, M..K.Narayanan; thereafter, on March 30 and 31, from 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm, preceded by a parade of folk dancers in their traditional costumes from 6 pm to 6.30 pm. Classical dances wouls be held at EZCC’s Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex, IB 201 Salt Lake City, on March 30, from 6 pm to 7 pm. Plays would be staged at the Minerva Theatre, 6 & 6/1 Beadon Street, on March 30 and 31, from 6.30 pm to 8 pm. Crafts fair, with master craftspersons and separate stalls for each state would be displayed at EZCC’s Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex, IB 201 Salt Lake City, from March 28 to 31, between 3 pm and 8 pm. An exhibition of paintings would also be held at EZCC’s Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex, IB 201 Salt Lake City, from March 28 to 31, between 3 pm and 8 pm; and a literary programme, with a seminar, a poets’ conference, etc., at the Bangla Akademi Hall on March 30, from 6 pm to 8.30 pm.
Folk dances, parade of folk dancers, classical dances and plays will be presented in collaboration with the North East Zonal Cultural Centre (NEZCC), the crafts fair in collaboration with TRIFED, the exhibition of paintings in collaboration with the Lalit Kala Akademi, and the literary programme in collaboration with the Sahitya Akademi. Octave 2010 is being organised also in association with the Department of Information & Cultural Affairs, Government of West Bengal.
An initiative of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Octave 2010 is aimed at bringing into focus the culture of our eight north-eastern States. More than 200 persons will take part… folk dancers, classical dancers, musicians, craftspersons, theatrepersons, painters, and even poets and writers, projecting in various ways the distinctiveness of the culture of north-eastern India
Since March, 2006, OCTAVE festivals have been successfully organised by the EZCC and other Zonal Cultural Centers in association with various other organisations engaged in the promotion of art and culture, at New Delhi, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Margao (Goa), Mumbai, Patna, Surat, Lucknow and Amritsar, with the same basic objective in view – to make the culture of these eight north-eastern States more widely known, understood and appreciated in the rest of India, where much of it is unknown.
The success of these previous OCTAVE festivals has encouraged all concerned to hold OCTAVE 2010 in Kolkata. Even though the culture of north-eastern India is probably less unknown in Kolkata than it is in the rest of India, Octave-2010 nevertheless assumes great importance bearing in mind that Kolkata is the metropolitan city nearest, and the veritable gateway, to north-eastern India.