The Wangala Dance, part of Garo culture, will feature in the inaugural chapter of Vividhta ka Amrit Mahotsav, a cultural odyssey unveiling the richness of the North East.
The four-day cultural extravaganza will be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, from February 8 to 11 and will be inaugurated by President Droupadi Murmu.
The event timings are scheduled from 10am to 8pm. Entry to the event is free.
The event is being organised by the Union Ministry of Development of Northeastern Region (DoNER) managed through its CPSE, Northeastern Handicrafts & Handlooms Development Corporation Limited (NEHHDC). This event is being held as a part of Udyan Utsav 2024 at Amrit Udyan inside the Rashtrapati Bhavan premises, a press release said today.
As an ode to the rich cultural heritage of India, Rashtrapati Bhavan will be celebrating the diversity of India through this initiative over seven chapters over the coming years as a biannual event, each focusing on a different geographical region of India – North East, North, East, West, South, Central, and Union territories, with the first chapter being dedicated to honouring the ‘Ashtalaxmi’, the eight culturally rich states of the North Eastern region.
The first chapter of Vividhta ka Amrit Mahotsav has been meticulously curated to showcase the rich diversity of the North East, blending traditional arts, crafts, and cultures under one vibrant umbrella. The festival aims to foster exchanges in traditional handicrafts, handlooms, agro products, becoming a catalyst for the region’s growth and development.
More than 320 weavers, artisans, farmers and entrepreneurs will participate through eight dedicated stalls for each state from the region.
The Mahostav also promises an enchanting journey through traditional dances, mesmerising performances and a showcase of the region’s rich cultural heritage. More than 350 artists from all eight states will be elevating the Mahotsav with their remarkable performances, including through traditional dances such as the Wangala Dance of Meghalaya, the Mungwanta Dance of Nagaland, the Bamboo Dance of Mizoram, the Bihu Dance of Assam.
Food stalls and a kids zone will also add to the mix.