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10 September 2013

Northeast Bands Rock Fresher's Meet in Delhi

New Delhi, Sep 10 : Around 5000 students from different parts of the state gathered at the National Students Union of India (NSUI) ground in Central Secretariat to celebrate the Fresher's Meet held under the theme of "peace and unity".

The event was organized by NSUI and students from the Northeast here on August 31 with the aim of bringing people together, across barriers of race and language.

During the event, the culture of the region, especially its dances, were on display. It included the Adi tribe cultural dance from Arunachal Pradesh, harvest dance from Nagaland and Sattriya dance from Assam.

One of the highlights of the event was the bamboo dance performed by young Mizo boys and girls in colorful traditional attires.

National President of NSUI Rohit Chaudhary said that such programs promote cultural diversity and a sense of belonging-ness towards India.

"Wherever the program is organize like this, people from different parts come together so that they can better understand each other and they can better know the culture and open their mind so that they will feel that we are part of India," he said.

During the event, a blues rock band from Meghalaya "Soulmates", and famous Assamese singer Papon enthralled the audience with their performance. Soulmates is one of the most famous bands in Asia. The band's vocalist Tipriti Kharbangar and guitarist Rudy Wallang performed original songs to a charged up crowd.

"I am so glad to perform here in the capital. On this occasion all the seven sisters from Northeast have come together here with the rest of other people so I am very happy," Soulmates vocalist Tipriti Kharbangar said.

Angaraag Mahanta, an Assamese singer, popularly known as Papon also enthralled the audience. The audience had a great time listening to his hit songs like "Kyon" from the movie Barfi, and the recent 'Sun le re' from Madras Cafe.

"There is lots of talented in Northeast. If we work with big heart, focus on our work so I think all of them are really beautiful. There is so much good, positive and energetic in upcoming youngster and I am really hopeful that I think they are superstar," Assamese singer Papon said.

Such initiatives not only promote unity but also help people understand the culture and traditions of the Northeast better.


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