ITANAGAR, March 23 - Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu today inaugurated the 5th �Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav�, organised by Union Ministry of Culture, at Parade Ground in Tawang.
The nine-day cultural extravaganza will witness the participation of about 100 artistes representing different tribes of Arunachal and more than 500 artistes from across the country showcasing their traditional folk dances and music.
The National Cultural Festival will extend to other North- eastern States including Dimapur (Nagaland) from March 26 to 28, Majuli (Assam) from March 27 to 29, Imphal (Manipur) from March 27 to 29, Aizawl (Mizoram) from March 28 to 30, Gangtok (Sikkim) from March 28 to 30, Shillong (Meghalaya) from March 29 to 31 and Khowai (Tripura) from March 29 to 31.
The Chief Minister, in his address, appealed to the youth to preserve their cultural identity and to be the agent to carry forward the ancient culture to the next generation. He informed that the State will soon see establishment of a regional cultural centre of North East Zonal Cultural Centre at Itanagar.
The festival is being implemented through the seven Zonal Cultural Centres and in collaboration with other cultural organisations of different states of North East. The NEZCC, Dimapur has been entrusted with the responsibility as the nodal agency to carry forward the execution of the National Cultural Festival of India.