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The latest edition of ‘Cultures of Peace — Festival of the Northeast’ in the Capital aims more for the political than the cultural this time.

Written by Pallavi Pundir |
Updated: January 9, 2016 4:59:40 am

MUCH HAS been seen, heard, tasted and written about the cultural exchange between the Northeast and Delhi, and the “Cultures of Peace – Festival of the Northeast” is a part of this initiative. For the last four years, the festival, organised by Zubaan in collaboration with Heinrich Boll Foundation, has engaged with visitors through discussions, writings, films, theatre, photography and music among others. This year, it returns with equal zest to India Habitat Centre. Today, the sessions will begin at 10 am and go on till 7 pm. “Every year, we have attempted to talk about the Northeast through cultural events, but we also deal with political issues. Today’s focus will be on multi-panel discussions that will include historians, scholars, writers and women activists among others. We will talk about various subjects such as women’s issues, the Indo-Naga Framework Agreement, literature and other traditions,” says Meghna Singh, co-ordinator for the festival. “This has always been a cultural festival, but this year, we are attempting to make it a little more political. Our aim is to connect ‘mainland’ India with the people from the Northeast, and create an exchange between those here with their equivalents there,” she adds.

Sessions include “Women in the North East: Challenges of Organising” with Monisha Behal of North East Network and Suneeta Dhar from Jagori, “Narrative Traditions in the North East” with academicians from Mizoram University and Ambedkar University, and “Women Combatants in the North East: Revolution, Liberation, Agency” with Roshmi Goswami of the North East Network and historian Uma Chakravarti, among others. The event will conclude with a performance by Arunachali band The Vinyl Records. “Culture of Peace” will host further events in Guwahati in October, Bangalore in November.

The event begins at 10 am and is on till 7 pm, today at India Habitat Centre. For more, visit

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