The 5th edition of ‘Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav’, organized by the Union ministry of culture from March 23 to March 31, moved to Dimapur as the first phase in Tawang came to a close on March 25.

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Attending the closing ceremony, Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju, along with Arunachal Pradesh art and culture minister Mohesh Chai and MLA Tsering Tashi, witnessed some fine cultural performances in front of a huge gathering.

The cultural fiesta opened in Tawang on March 23 and with its first leg coming to a closure, the festival moves to Dimapur. The 9-day cultural extravaganza will extend to other parts of Northeast which includes, Majuli, Imphal, Aizawl, Gangtok, Shillong and Khowai.

Wishing success to the Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav, Rijiju thanked Union culture and tourism minister, Mahesh Sharma and the ministry for organizing a sanskritik mahotsav of such grandeur. He also extended appreciation to the culture ministry for choosing Tawang as the inaugural venue.


The 3-day cultural programme in Tawang witnessed cultural confluence of more than 50 art forms of India. Varied art forms like buddhist chanting, vedic chanting, purulia chhau of West Bengal, yoga, bharatnatyam, odishi, kuchipudi, sattriya, kathakali, kathak, manipuri, mohiniyattam, dhol cholam and pung cholam of Manipur, conch, bhortal nritya of Assam, roff dance of Jammu & Kashmir, sri khol of West Bengal, tati music of Nagaland, dholu kunitha of Karnataka, ghoomar of Gujarat, bhavai, chari, gudum baja of Chhattisgarh, bihu of Assam, sambalpuri of Odisha, zoi mal lok dance, yak dance etc. were performed during the festival.

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Exhibition on Buddhism was also organized at the Parade Ground of Tawang showcasing the splendour and magnificence of the cultural sphere. In the handicraft mela, craftsmen from all over the country displayed and sold handicrafts. Chefs of traditional delicacies from different regions of the country treated the visitors to an unparalleled culinary experience during the festival.

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