Inaugurating the cultural festival "Songs and Dances of the North East" in New Delhi at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium organized by Government of Meghalaya and sponsored by the North Eastern Council in New Delhi on April 11, the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee said that the festival would help to bridge the gap between the people of the North-Eastern States and the rest of India.
Appreciating the life style of people in the NE region, Mukherjee said that song, dance and music were part of the everyday life people there who were also known for their hospitality and courtesy across the country.
Locational advantage and rich resource endowment of the North East makes it an ideal hub for dealing with India's eastern neighbours, stated a PIB release on behalf of the president.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma said that by showcasing the culture and assets of Meghalaya before the rest of the country, it would be possible to bring mainstream India closer to Meghalaya and also elicit support and patronage from rest of India for the development of Meghalaya.
Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of DoNER and NEC said that the theme of future events in this series would decided on the basis of the characteristics of whichever State was hosting the event to convince potential investors, visitors and producers from film industry at a much cost effective budget.