The second day of Destination North East 2016 was full of entertainment of top order coupled with toppings of Fashion Show, Folk Dances and Folk Fusion and Crossover Music of North East Region. Although, it was quite cold in the evening, yet the people never felt like heading for their homes. They simply loved every moment spent in Amphitheater amidst the performing artist. Read on for more details.
After the preliminary round yesterday, Finals of Quiz Competition was held today. Prizes to top three winners will be given on 14 Feb. The enthusiasm with which children came out willingly to participate in written quiz competition was worth praising.
The response for the auditions for the event was beyond expectations- 29 entries. One after another, groups continued to come on stage and performed to the best of their abilities. The dance forms included Patriotic, North East Folk, Classical and Pulsating Bollywood Dances. Their efforts were appreciated by loud cheer and clapping by a very supporting crowd.
Singing (Indian Pop)
Some melodious singing raised the spirit spectators who were basking in the sun after lunch break. Duets, Solos, Raps were the order of the day. Few of the performers were given a standing ovation. Out of ten entries, top two were selected by a panel of judges to perform on 12 Feb.
Open Stage (For Delhi residents)
As many as 48 entries were received for auditions of Open Stage.. From a child to experienced singers and dancers, all could be seen on the stage competing with each other. Few entries had already performed at bigger platforms like India’s Got Talent. Immense talent of every participant left everyone dumb stuck. It was a tough time for the judges to mark each entry due to a very stiff competition. Best six entries were selected to perform in the evening on 14 Feb.
Bihu Dance of Assam featuring Nationally acclaimed Bihu exponent, Smt Madhurima Choudhry won the hearts of one and all. She along with her team dancers , dressed in bright colored traditional attire of Assam gave a splendid performance. The body gestures, the beats and well coordinated steps showed the amount of hard work and practice which must have been carried out to belt out almost perfect dance form. During 30 minutes of dancing, there was pin drop silence which showed how engrossed people were while watching her group perform.
This dance was supported by Department of Tourism, Government of Assam.
This was the most interesting event of the day for which people had come over from various parts of Delhi. The show was conducted by National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) and supported by Ministry of Textiles.
The majestically conducted show was a joint effort of many designers who had tried to present through their models, the variety of dresses of all states of NE Region. Beautiful models dressed in hand woven fabrics walked the ramp in style displaying their charm. One by one, the traditional dresses of all the states were shown. The two male models looked Royal in their nicely designed dresses.
Folk Fusion and Crossover Music
This event was like icing on the cake. After a graceful Fashion Show, came a solid, power packed band performances. I could notice many boys and girls almost shivering sitting on the steps. But, a closer look at them convinced me that they were braving the cold to watch their favorite bands perform and support them.
Guru Ruben, leading his band from Nagaland brought the Amphitheater alive with his dancing, singing and foot tapping numbers. People loved his unique style of walking over to the edge of the stage and dance .
Next to follow was Brahmaputra Band from Assam. Contemporary music and a Bihu number drew out spectators near the stage too dance their hearts out.
In Store For Day 3
There are very interesting events unfolding on 14 Feb, the last day of Destination North East 2016. All are requested to come out in large numbers for this Grand Cultural Event aimed at bringing NE Region closer to the vast population of the country.
Do make it a point to rush for Pragati Maidan along with families, relatives and friends.