A four-day-long festival of northeast begins from Friday at New Delhi focusing various business and investment opportunities and showcasing the multifarious culture and rich heritage of the region. The chief guests for the evening – Gen. Dr. VK Singh, Union Minister (Independent Charge), DoNER, MoS (External Affairs and Overseas Affairs), Govt. of India and Mr. Kiren Rjiju, Hon’ble MoS (Home), Govt. of India along with MC Mary Kom, Brand Ambassador of the North East Festival inaugurated the four day extravaganza. In the inaugural session, medal winning athletes from the North East who brought glory for the country in the recent CWG & Asian Games, including names like Mary Kom, Sarita Devi, L. Devendro Singh, Dipa Karmakar, etc. were felicitated under NEC Chairman’s Sports Awards for Excellence in International & National Sports meets.
Around 30 bands will perform throughout all the four days for the festival. Some of them are Guwahati Lights, Akhu - Imphal Talkies, Yesterdrive, Chethuwang, Vinyl Record, Soulmate and The Local Train, Foot Wings, Stuti Choudhury, Minutes of Decay and Mayukh Hazarika, Tetseo Sisters, Guru Rewben Mashangva, Frisky Pints, Bluestring Parth, Zubeen Garg, Jeli Kayi, Emielyn D. Das, Aboriginals Project, Brahmaputra Boys, Late Too Soon, Simanta Sekhar, Girish & the Chronicles, MSonic and Bollywood singer Ash King.