First Guwahati International Music Festival

Delhi-based alternative rock band Menwhopause finished the Northeast leg of their ‘Easy’ tour with a scintillating performance at ‘Rocktober Riffs’ – the curtain raiser to the 1st Guwahati International Music Festival in the early part of October. The largest confluence of musicians in the Northeast, much awaited Guwahati International Music Festival will be held on December 2 and 3 this year.

GIMF, which will be participated by musicians from UK, Nepal, Indonesia, Bollywood, Goa, Kolkata, Bhopal, folk musicians from different parts of the Northeast, is being organized by EBMS in collaboration with the North East Zone Cultural Centre, Dimapur, under the Ministry of Culture, and with the support of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), under the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

Hundreds of people were seen thronging Shilpgram to watch the curtain raiser event. The show began with OFF – a four member alternative rock outfit from Nagaland which known for their originals and which is incidentally, the first band from the Northeast to win the prestigious Hornbill National Rock Contest. Playing a half-hour set of their originals including tracks like Save Me, the band literally brought the crowd alive and set the mood for December running high. Local bands Project Patkai and Stags also performed on the occasion.

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Assam houses 60% of the world’s butterflies


Of the 34 biodiversity hotspots in the world the Northeast is home to some rare breeds of flora and fauna that could hardly be seen anywhere in the globe. Of late, a study revealed here, found that the northern region can boast of about sixty per cent of the butterflies found in the entire globe.

Out of the world’s15,000 odd butterflies, Assam houses more than 800 of the exotic winged variety. This is perhaps, largely due to the abundance of the entire North East India. The study also revealed that Kaziranga, famous for the unicornis, alone houses about 300 of the exotic species The worrying part is that there is a gradual decline due to deforestation and very less conservation activities. In the state of Assam, as over much of the Indian sub-continent, there is very little conservation activity directed towards butterflies. This decline in species, so typical of the third-world today, is an indication of the ongoing global environmental crisis, and if not checked will perhaps reach a point where downward trends can no longer be reversed.

Assam Times

Four Dimensional man

By Siddhartha Borkakati

Here I am
a four dimensional man
wearing a broken window
on my chest and….
and a pair of
spectacles of mist.
I can fly but fail to walk
on the pavements that lead to
a hole known as home.

Silent Racial Attack On Own Countrymen

Silent Racial Attack On Own Countrymen

By Madhu Chandra

Abstract of Research Project Report: North East Migration and Challenges in National Capital Cities

The case of Dhaula Kuan gangrape of 30 years old Mizo girl, an employee at BPO by five men in moving truck on midnight of November 23, 2010 had shocked the whole nation. It was not the first nor was last of the plights faced by people from North East India in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR). The city of Delhi has become a common place for rape and unsafe for women, particularly for those working at night. A woman is raped every 18 hours and molested every 14 hours during 2010 in Delhi according to Delhi police. The plight of sexual harassment and racial discrimination, attack and sexual violence against North East India women in Delhi and NCR are not new phenomenon, it has been repeatedly meted out to people from North East India and particularly women from the region have become easy target to sexual violence.

North East Support Centre & Helpline, an initiative of All India Christian Council and Operation Mercy India Foundation has been whistle-blowing for the last four years through advocacy, documentation, memorandum and delegation to various institutions and government offices, appealing to take up preventive measure to stop crimes, to end racial discrimination, sexual violence and human trafficking. But there is no intervention from law enforcing and government machineries. The plights of the people from North East India have become serious year after year and therefore preventive measure should be enacted effectively. To address the issue through authentic findings, North East Support Centre & Helpline conducted a research during January and February 2011 under the title, “North East Migration and Challenges in National Capital Cities.” The research project report of 40 pages is scheduled to release on International Women’s day on 8 March 2011 and copies will be made available for public usage.

The study was carried out through field interviews, questionnaire and literature research methodologies. The respondents are from two sources – First, 107 respondents from field interviews and questionnaire and second from 96 victims who have reported to North East Support Centre and Helpline during 2005 – 2011. The study was conducted by a team led by Madhu Chandra, Spokesperson of North East Support Centre & Helpline, as partial fulfillment of his doctorate program from South Asia Institute of Advance Christian Studies (SAIACS), Bangalore.

The purpose of the study was to explore the trend of North East Indian migration and challenges faced in Delhi and NCR that through an academic research project, a documentation may be produced for law enforcing agents and concerned governments to introduce suitable laws, policies and plan of actions and implement them to end sexual violence, racial discrimination and challenges of human trafficking faced by North East India communities.

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The North East Spring festival 2011

The North East Spring festival also has something for book lovers in the form of a Northeast Book Fair organized by NEZCC in association with the National Book Trust.

The major features of North East Spring Festival 2011 are:

  1. Folk Dance Choreography Show – March 16 and 17, 2011
  2. Ethnic Costume Show of the Northeast – March 18, 2011
  3. Theatre Show by Stage Fusion and Puppet Show – March 19, 2011
  4. Choral Singing and Fusion Music (Mizoram, Nagaland and Lou Majaw from Shillong)
  5. International Folk Dance performances from Myanmar and Laos – March 16, 2011
  6. Northeast Indian Crafts Bazaar – March 16 to 20, 2011
  7. Traditional Ethnic Food Court – March 16 to 20, 2011
  8. Book Fair in association with National Book Trust – March 14 to March 20
  9. Northeast Poetry Meet (Theme: Child Rights in association with United Tribal Society) – March 17 to 19, 2011
  10. Folk Dances from 8 North East Indian States

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North East Zone Cultural Centre