“We all are one! We may look at different states of India as having different cultures. However, we are one, even culturally. Our geographical areas are the only difference.” said Governor of Goa, Mridula Sinha, as the chief guest for the inaugural of Octave-2017 on November 8, 2017 at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao.
Speaking at the event, Minister for art and culture, Govind Gaude said: “India unites different states through different cultures. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed a need for cultural exchange of lifestyle, food, literature, folk art and handicrafts of different states to promote different cultures. This will also develop the national integrity among different Indian states.”
Octave is an attempt to preserve and promote the art and culture of our nation, especially that of the north eastern states and create awareness about their rich cultural heritage. The event was organised by the Directorate of art and culture, in collaboration with the Ministry for Culture, Government of India; West Zone Cultural Centre, Udaipur; North East Zonal Cultural Centre, Dimapur. Octave was a cultural extravaganza showcasing arts and crafts, handicrafts, painting, poetry, drama, literature, dance, and music of the North Eastern states of India.
The various cultural performances at the inaugural function included Juju-Jha-Jha and Erap dance of Arunachal Pradesh; Bihu and Dahal Thungri of Assam; Dhol Cholom, Thang-Ta, Ga-Laam dance and Pung Cholom dance of Manipur; Ka Shad Mastieh dance and Wangala Dance of Meghalaya; Cheraw dance and Solakia of Mizoram; Mungyanta (harvest dance) and Naga war dance of Nagaland, Singhi Chham and Tamang Selo of Sikkim, and Hozagiri and Sangrai of Tripura.
Leader of opposition, Chandrakant Kavalekar; chairman of Ravindra Bhavan, Margao, Prashant Naik; director of WZCC Udaipur, Furqan Khan; director of art and culture, Gurudas Pilarnekar, and chairperson of Margao Municipal Council (MMC) Babita Angle Prabhudesai were also present at the inaugural function.