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'Nest Festival' 2016 highlights northeast's rich culture

Updated: Oct 31, 2016 16:50 IST

By Chandrakala Choudhury

New Delhi [India], Oct. 31 (ANI): Festivals and celebrations of northeastern states of India are a colorful reflection of its people and their lives.

A place renowned for its magical beauty and bewildering diversity, North East India is home to diverse cultures and traditions. Recently, a musical and cultural extravaganza named 'NEST FEST' was organized in New Delhi that brought the cultures of all eight northeastern states onto one platform.

The 'NEST FEST' showcased the unique and diverse culture of the region. It was organized by 'My Home India', an NGO that seeks to integrate people from different parts of the country.

Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr. Harshvardhan, who was the chief guest, said," It is a pleasant experience to be here, especially meeting my young friends from northeast, particularly in my home state of Delhi. Every time I attend such programmes, I find them to be full of enthusiasm and beautiful."

"Right now, we are focusing on several projects in our laboratories related to biotechnology. The CSIR is a huge department. We ensure that more young people from the northeast come forward to help us with these projects and the start up movement, and also assure that youngsters will be and are being given the right type of training and opportunities. They are sent abroad for various activities," he added.

People from all walks of life gathered to witness the rich traditions of the northeast.

The musical and cultural extravaganza was also attended by World Boxing Champion Mary Kom.

"Though I have stepped into the political world by becoming an MP, I still think I should continue in sports because recently I was informed that in the coming Commonwealth Game three more categories have been included in boxing. Even the 48 kg weight category is included, so, I am planning to participate and try to bring great laurels to the nation. I encourage our youth to come up and join sports because they are really talented and they should be groomed well," said Kom.

When asked about her proposed plan to join the BJP, Kom told ANI, "Right now, I haven't decided, because for me, it's difficult, because my profession is extremely different from it. It is all about destiny. I haven't dreamt, but getting an honor to be nominated is in itself a big thing for me. Later, I will decide. But as of now, I still want to continue for another two years in sports and prepare myself to compete in the upcoming Olympics."

Further, a thrilling performance by the famous 'Epistle metal band' reflected the event's high spirit and passion.

People witnessed an amazing blend of cultural dances performed by different tribes. Mizo youth performed the famous Cheraw dance, popularly known as the bamboo dance, which left the audience spellbound.

Crowds grooved to the mystical tunes of the 'Okyupala' dance or the dance of victory that was showcased by the Mara tribe of Mizoram.

"Northeast has a diverse culture. It is so diverse that many tribes which go unnoticed. So, giving a platform like this one organized by 'My Home India' is one great example where we can showcase ourselves. So, I am thankful to My Home India for organizing it," said Mizoram resident Nelson.

The famous 'Bhor Taal Nritya' from Assam which is an extension of the Sankari culture was a major attraction.

Assamese resident Mritunjay told ANI, "Firstly, it's so nice to be here in this great atmosphere of Assam's culture as well as other parts of the northeast. We have done our best to maintain our traditions and showcase our culture."

A chorus performance by boys and girls from Meghalaya also left the audience enthralled, as did a fashion show. (ANI)

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