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Northeast charms city

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Thrilling show of music, dance has audience applauding

— PHOTO: V. SREENIVASA MURTHY

GAGA OVER NAGA:The inaugural performance at Octave 10 showcased the energy and spectacle of eight States.

BANGALORE: It was energy, rhythm, grace, vigour and colour all the way. A five-day folklore extravaganza, Octave 2010, by over 400 artistes from the Northeast opened here on Thursday before a highly appreciative audience.

Jointly organised by the South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur, and Department of Kannada and Culture, the artistes — from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura — gave a glimpse of the region through dances, songs, costume shows, contemporary music performances, folk dances and textiles.

The artistes in their traditional attire, representing different genres of art forms ranging from folk and tribal music, dance and choral singing groups, received thunderous applause from the audience on the opening day.

Inaugurating the festival, Ramesh B. Zalki, Principal Secretary, Department of Kannada and Culture and Labour, said the event was representative of the rich cultural and colourful heritage of India. G.R. Channabasappa, president, Karnataka Janapada Academy, hailed the efforts of the artistes of different states in bringing together their variegated culture and introducing it across the country to achieve national integration. More such programmes should be held to unite the Indian society, which was getting fractured due to many reasons, he said. The performances begin at the Samsa Open Theatre at Ravindra Kalakshetra at 6.30 p.m. and go on till 9 p.m. The festival concludes on December 6.

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