The North East Festival, which has become a permanent fixture in the national capital’s events map, promises to be bigger in its fourth edition this year with a rock music contest among colleges and bands of Delhi one of the new additions.
To be held at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in Delhi from November 4-6, the three-day festival aims to promote the resplendent culture all the northeastern states including food, fashion, handicrafts, music, dance, tourism, creative performances and much more.
There will also be discussion sessions with all stakeholders on key issues affecting the region besides an exhibition of products from the northeast called Make in North East Exhibition’ by around 100 entrepreneurs from the region.
The theme of this edition is ‘Connecting People, Celebrating Life’.
The rock competition titled ‘North East Festival Rock Battle’, however, will be organised on October 28 and 29 at Dilli Haat wherein 60 bands will perform. The winning band stands a chance of winning a trip to Dubai, with the second and third placed getting a trip to a domestic destination.
Musicians like Bollywood singers from Assam Papon and Zubeen Garg, rapper Borkung Hrangkhal and DJ Zaeden and rock bands Traffic Jam, Fourth Element, Mo & The Shooting Stars, Reverse Tragedy and many more will perform.
Raax Leela of Manipur, around 20 folk dance forms, along with the famous Ram Vijay Ankia Bhaona of Assam will be presented by Sangeet Natak Akademi.