Sinlung /
22 May 2014

Colours of the Northeast

By Kasturi Barua

Festival showcases seven sisters in a heady mix of fashion and music
It was not just an event but a concoction of diverse cultures, food and colours of a region that not many beyond it are aware of.
The country’s quaint and pretty Northeast showcased a piece of itself through a festival some 2,600km away, in the city of Mumbai.
The 110-year-old Taj Mahal Palace saw the crème de la crème of the Northeast dressed in their traditional colours, along with the glitterati from the “Maximum City” walk into the iconic hotel for the Colours of North East, the Northeast Festival on Saturday.
The hotel’s ballroom was very apt for this cultural programme to take place, to create a symposium for all to gather.
The festival brought together some of the most familiar faces from across the Northeast and also from Bollywood.
The focus of this festival was to be regarded as a cultural catalyst, exposing tourists, filmmakers and businessmen to a constant flow of ideas to explore the Northeast.
A Bihu performance by Assamese actress Barasha Rani Bishaya was all it took to get into the groove. A unique fashion show featuring vibrant headgear of Arunachali indigenous groups and clothes designed by young and enterprising Yana Ngoba followed.
Live music performances by Tetseo Sisters, Soulmate and Guru Rewben Mashangva got the crowd grooving and tapping their feet to their unique beats.
Bollywood actors Tisca Chopra and Kalki Koechlin walked the ramp, along with the ambassador of the Northeast, Adil Hussain, for designers Garima Saikia Garg and Dhiraj Deka who showcased the best of Northeast fabric on gorgeous models.
The event also saw the likes of celebrities like singer Aditi Singh Sharma, theatre veteran Dolly Thakore along with a few industrialists.
And the man behind the show, Shyamkanu Mahanta, organiser-in-chief of the festival, said, “The event has proved to be a great platform to promote the Northeast and woo the film fraternity and industry to witness the enthralling region.”
He said the festival could attract Bollywood in exploring the Northeast as a location to shoot blockbuster movies and encourage tinsel town to use fabrics of the region.
The Northeast, of late, has seen a remarkable increase in tourist inflow. The festival was held to reinforce the idea of providing a space to dream and relive the various facets that the region has to offer to the rest of the country.
The festival also brought together a mix of culture from the states. Arpan Sarkar, who hails from Calcutta and lives in Mumbai, was thrilled to be a part of the gathering.
“The captivating display of the Northeast as a cultural hub at this event bears testimony to the varied trends of the region.

This has been an enchanting experience for me in gaining further insight into the best of what the region has to offer. I am looking forward to visiting the Northeast soon,” he told t2.


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