Amidst G20 ‘trending’, ‘Bharat Ko Jano’ happens in Arunachal

YUPIA, Mar 17: Aptly timed – at a juncture when India holds G20 Presidency – comes a three-day programme ‘Bharat Ko Jano’ in Arunachal Pradesh, involving five other states across the country - Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland and Assam.

The three-day cultural extravaganza themed ‘Bharat Ko Jano’, organized by the North East Zone Cultural Centre, Dimapur in collaboration with the Department of Art and Culture, GoAP was launched by Doimukh MLA Tana Hali Tara from the SDO ground, Doimukh today, in presence of Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Sachin Rana.

Folk artists from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh will be performing during the three-day event. The artists will also perform at Kimin and Kakoi on 18th and 19th March next.

Welcoming the artists from across the county, the MLA said: “Cultural integration has had a significant impact on society. People from different backgrounds can learn about each other’s cultures and develop mutual respect. This can help to reduce prejudice and discrimination.”

Quoting the theme of India’s G20 Presidency ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” or ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’, Hali said that the ‘Bharat Ko Jano’ programme brings us closer to this theme.

The DC, in his speech, said that the programme provides a platform for “reinforcing unity in cultural diversity”. He further expressed gratitude to NEZCC for holding the important event in Papum Pare district.

Dr Prasanna Gogoi, Director, NEZCC, Dimapur informed that the NEZCC chose to perform at smaller and rural villages to ensure that the “people in the last mile are aware of our rich cultural diversity”.

“Similar yatras are held across the country every year for cultural integration,” he further informed.

Earlier, State’s renowned singer Bengia Hemanto spoke about his collaborations with music icon Bhupen Hazarika and also rendered few of their compositions.

Singers Nabam Bishnoo and Teli Demin Camdir were also felicitated on the occasion.

Cultural performances included ‘Mungyanta’ by the Nagaland team, ‘Gudumbaja’ by Madhya Pradesh, ‘Chakri’ by Rajasthan, ‘Koli’ by Maharashtra, ‘Cheraw’ by Mizoram and ‘Mukoli Bihu’ by team Assam, as part of the cultural tour.

Among others, SDO Doimukh Tana Yaho, DACO Tana Mora Tara, officers and GBs were present during the inaugural programme. (DIPRO)