Organised by Integrated Talent Development Mission (ITDM), the fest also marks the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda today. “Swami Vivekananda greatly emphasised the power of the youth,” says Hirak Jyoti Kalita, ITDM secretary. The highlight of the fest is a four-hour cultural event, including performances by 150 artists at Siri Fort Auditorium tomorrow evening.
The stage will be set for a host of folk dances like Sattriya Nritya and Bihu from Assam, Manipuri dance, Cheraw dance (also called bamboo dance) from Mizoram and Thang-ta, Martial art from Manipur. “We hope to bridge the gap between north east and rest of India through this festival,” says Baleshwar Dutt, 19, co-organiser of the festival. “People from north east have to face a lot of discrimination. Art and culture helps bring people together,” says Tanistha Arora, youth coordinator for the fest from Delhi University.
The fest celebrations will end with Bihu Sankranti — a potpourri of Bihu dance from Assam and Bhangra of Punjab.