NEW DELHI, Jan 24 � In a maiden effort of its kind, a North-East Cultural Centre has been set up in Delhi. The Centre for North Eastern Culture (CNEC) located at Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT), Dwarka was jointly inaugurated by Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Paban Singh Ghatowar and Union Minister for Culture, Kumari Selja here this afternoon.
The centre is the outcome of an assurance made by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to a delegation of youths from the North-East on October 10, 2009.
A joint effort of North Eastern Council and CCRT and facilitated by Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, the centre has been set up to promote dissemination of the cultural heritage of the region to the people of national capital region.
Inaugurating the centre Selja said one of the important objectives of CNEC under the aegis of CCRT is to increase awareness about the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the North East. She said, CNEC will evolve to be a vital platform in this part of the country for dissemination of knowledge about culture and heritage of North-east.
The Union Culture Minister said that her Ministry attaches great importance to the preservation and promotion of the unique, rich and diverse art and culture of the North East Region (NER). She said, as part of its efforts to preserve cultural traditions of the region, Sangeet Natak Akademi (SNA) has set up its North-East Centre in Shillong. The Akademi has documented many of the traditional theatre forms of the region. It has also set up a Sattriya Kendra in Guwahati which looks after the Sattriya tradition of Assam.