The 7th edition of the North East Festival held at the Indira Gandhi National Centre For The Arts (IGNCA) which concluded on Sunday, saw a footfall of two lakh people.
In the B2B sessions of buyer-seller meets for business, tourism and textile, the buyers outnumbered the sellers. Foodstalls were a hit once again, and some of the stalls did business between Rs 2-4 lakh in just three days, the organisers claimed.
Popular singers Bipul Chhetri, Zubeen Garg, Papon and Zublee also enthralled the audience with their performances. The fest also had 100 stalls of authentic and exotic handloom products.
As many as 40 foodstalls sold regional delicacies including pork dishes, black rice, flavoured teas, and iromba of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura, Meghalaya and Sikkim. The cuisine of the North East is known for its rich aroma and the use of fresh herbs.
“When I see someone coming here, I say, if you haven’t seen the North East, you have not seen India,” Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju said during an event at the festival.