NE Festival’s second edition to be bigger

The two-day North East Festival here ended on a high note, thanks to support from the government. Now, Shyamkanu Mahanta, organiser-in-chief of the fest, hopes to make the next edition bigger and better and he is eyeing support from private bodies.

“I’m extremely happy. A lot of people from various communities came. I also liked the way icons came. We had such a lively session with (Olympic medallist boxer) Mary Kom and (Assamese actor) Adil Hussain. Original dancers from different parts of northeast participated. Media also came forward positively,” Mahanta told IANS.

“I didn’t get much private support this time because nobody believed in it. Now, they’ve seen it doing well. Once I get that support, I’ll do aggressive marketing,” added Mahanta, who plans to bring the festival back to the capital in the last quarter of 2014.

The first edition of the festival was organised by Trend MMS in association with the North East MP’s Forum, North East image managers, the DoNER ministry and the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA). It ended Saturday.

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