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Stage set for 'Fragrances from NE' to entice Delhi
Source: Hueiyen News Service

New Delhi, August 19 2014: The stage has been set for the 'Fragrance from the North East', a unique festival of films from the North-eastern, which would be organised by the Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF) for three days starting from August 22 at the freshly-refurbished Siri Fort Auditorium complex here.

Giving an absolute North-Eastern experience to the visitors, the film screenings will be supplemented by cultural programmes, handicraft exhibitions, food stalls and much more during the festival that will take place during August 22-24 .

To be inaugurated on August 22 by Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar, the festival will be attended by several leading film personalities from the region, including internationally-acclaimed filmmakers Jahnu Barua and Aribam Syam Sharma, and actors Danny Dengzongpa, Seema Biswas, Adil Hussain, Geetanjali Thapa and many more.

Shankar Mohan, Director, Directorate of Film Festivals said, "I invite all likeminded people of Delhi, particularly the young to come and experience the three-day long North East Film Festival -"Fragrances from the North East" happening at Sirifort complex from the 22nd to the 24th August.

These fragrances from the NE are wafting into the Capital city after many years" .

"Come and enjoy the food, films and handicraft of the North East.

A window to the North East opens in Sirifort Complex on 22nd August, don't miss this opportunity to experience, feel and enjoy the fragrances wafting through this Capital city," Mohan further added. The festival will begin with the screening of Mizo feature film "Khawnglung Run" (The Raid of Khawnglung) which is directed & produced by Mapuia Chongthu within a miniscule budget of Rs 12 lakh.

This film won many hearts with its visual panache when it was screened as part of the 'North-East Focus' section of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa last year.

The screening will be preceded by a cultural show designed especially for the event by the highly popular singer-composer Papon, which will take the audience on a musical journey of the region.

The festival will also include two National Award winning films of this year: Jahnu Barua's "Ajeyo" (Assamese) and Pradip Kurbah's "Ri: A Homeland of Uncertainty" (Khasi, Meghalaya).

Representing Sikkim would be Prashant Rasaily's Gurkhali film "Katha", while Manipur, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh will be represented by Oinam Gautam Singh's Manipuri language film "Phijigee Mani", Joseph Pulinthanath's Kokborok language film "Yarwng" and Ahsan Mujid's Monpa language film "Sonam" respectively.

From Nagaland, a short film titled "Bamboo Shoots" directed by Steven Ao and a documentary titled "Going the Distance" directed by Tiainla Jamir will be screened.

Kurbah's "RI" will be the closing film of the festival and its screening on August 24 will be preceded by a cultural event that will see classical pianist Nise Meruno's performance of Naga folk fusion and choir group Nagaland Singing Ambassadors' rendition of Naga folk-based choir.

Entry to musical performance and cinemas would be free on first come first basis.

But a photo identity card will be required for security reasons.


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