Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre (EZCC) held OCTAVE 2010 a three day festival in Kolkata on art and culture of the eight States of north-eastern India: Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.
At the three day event which started on March 29, colourful folk dances of all eight States, preceded by a parade of dancers in their traditional costumes; classical dances from Assam and Manipur; plays from Assam and Tripura; a crafts fair with handicrafts and handloom products from all eight States, and an exhibition of paintings of artists of all states were show cased except Nagaland.
From Nagaland, ‘Nuknarar Tsungsang’ dance of the Ao tribe was presented on all three days by Samyusang Pongner, and handicrafts and handloom items were displayed and sold at OCTAVE 2010 crafts fair.
The folk dances were presented in collaboration with North East Zonal Cultural Centre (NEZCC),the Government of Sikkim and Tripura and others, the crafts fair in collaboration with TRIFED, and the exhibition of paintings in collaboration with Lalit Kala Akademi, OCTAVE 2010 was organised in association also with Department of Information & Cultural Affairs, Government of West Bengal.
An initiative of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, OCTAVE 2010 was aimed at bringing into focus the culture of eight north-eastern States.
The success of previous OCTAVE festivals encouraged all to hold OCTAVE 2010 in Kolkata. Even though culture of north-eastern India was probably less unknown in Kolkata than it was in the rest of India, OCTAVE 2010 nevertheless assumed great importance because Kolkata is the metropolitan city nearest, and veritable gateway, to north-eastern India.