North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC) released a documentary film on the dances of North East on Friday this week in Dimapur, Nagaland on January 20, 2012. The documentary which is the Nagaland chapter of NEZCC’s documentation series project on ‘DANCES OF NE’. The Nagaland chapter of the project contains the visuals of some 18 tribes and 36 Nagaland dance art forms.
During the release function adviser art & culture IT & NRE, Deo Nukhu said, “some Indians are even mistaken for a different identity by foreigners yet the best part was that everyone lives as a people in the country.”
Director North East Zone Cultural Centre, Som Kamei IPS said that the documentary was world class documentary film and its purpose was not only to preserve but to disseminate and propagate the art to the world as well as make it more accessible to the younger generation and other masses.
North East Zone Cultural Center (NEZCC), Dimapur is one of the seven zonal cultural centers of the country. Established in 1986 as an autonomous body under Department of Culture, Government of India NEZCC operates in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.
NEZCC strives to create cultural awareness and to identify, nurture and promote vanishing folk art traditions in the rural and semi-urban areas of the north-eastern states. It also organizes cultural festivals with the state departments and non-governmental organizations.
The ongoing documentation projects includes Folk Dances, Folk Musical Instruments, Traditional Paintings, Classical Music, Classical Dance, Folk Arts and Crafts, Traditional Festivals, Folk Theatre etc. besides different art forms.
Some interesting documentations include Moirang Parva – Folk Art form of Manipur and cultural Heritage of the ethnic people of Tripura.
North East Zone Cultural Centre has also completed the documentation of Meghalaya Chapter. It also undertaking the project on Sikkim and Mizoram.