MAJULI, March 31 - The three-day Rashtriya Sanskritik Mahotsav, organised by Union Ministry of Culture, held at Garamur Bansi Gopal Natya Mandir from March 27, concluded on Wednesday.
With an aim to showcase the cultural heritage of India, Union Ministry of Culture in association with zonal cultural centres and in the direction of North East Zone Cultural Centre, Dimapur, have been organising this Mahotsav in all the eight north-eastern States from March 23 to 31.
As a part of the programme, this festival was also organised in Majuli, where along with presentations of the cultural programmes of the non-northeastern States like West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and Orissa, variety of dance forms and dramas of north-eastern States were performed in all the three nights.
During the first night of the festival, which was inaugurated by lighting of the ceremonial lamp by Sahitya Akademi Award winning artist Kushakanta Deva Goswami, performance of Purulia Chhau (West Bengal), Sambalpuri dance (Odisha), Baroya Oraon dance (Jharkhand), Nardi (Bihar), Galung Dance (Arunachal Pradesh), Gayan-Bayan, Lotta Sonam, Rabha dance, Tiwa dance, Bagurumba dance, Deuri dance, Nadubhangi Nritya, Holi Geet, Bihu dance and Mikha Bhaona (Assam) were held.
On March 28, the performance of Natua (West Bengal), Khaddi dance (Jharkhand), Sambalpuri dance (Odisha), Apsara Nritya, Matikhara, Notuwa Nritya, Peacock dance, Suknani Ojapali, Mising Bihu, Jakoiya Nritya, Singpho dance, Jikir and Zari, Keli Gopal Naat (Assam) were showcased.
On March 29, Purulia dance (West Bengal), Nardi (Bihar), Karsha dance (Jharkhand), Borgeet, Koihati Dhulla Bhaona, Bohuwa Nritya, Jhumur, Mech-Kachari, Jhumur Nritya, Rengma Moonlight dance, Deuri Bihu dance and Banal Nritya from Assam were performed.
The Ministry of Culture has been organising the festival from 2015. This is the fifth edition of the festival and held for the first time in the north-eastern region.
Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav, which was first started in Tawang for this edition, is also simultaneously held in Majuli, Sipajhar, Dudhanoi, Gouripur, Lakhimpur, Shillong, Aizawl and Chifahi with a three-day programme from March 23 to 31.
As many as 5,000 artistes from North-east and 2,000 artistes from other States participated in the programme.