The Embassy of India in Cairo, in collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, organized an event on 23rd August 2017 which showcased the states of North East India through a photo exhibition and Manipuri Dance performance by artist Mr. Umakanta Singh and his troupe. This event is part of Government of India’s ongoing efforts to promote North East India in the international arena and highlight the rich culture, traditions, commerce and tourism from the states of Northeast.
The exhibition featured photos of the socio-cultural life, the religious practices and festivals from the states, like Horn Bill festival and Bihu, besides other festivals and aspects from different states of North East India. The performance attracted a huge gathering of Egyptians, who enquired about the North East and its history. The officials and diplomats from the Embassy of India explained to the awe bound spectators, the background behind each of the photographs. The troupe from Manipur also gave a demonstration of the Manipuri Martial arts Thang Ta, besides the enchanting dance of Basanta Ras.
This event commemorates 70 years of India’s independence and 70 years of India’s diplomatic relationship with Egypt. India and Egypt, two of the world’s oldest civilizations, have enjoyed a history of close contact from ancient times, who have established diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level since August 18th 1947.
The Ambassador of India to Egypt Sanjay Bhattacharya, said that this is the beginning of a such events which promotes North East India, many such events are in the pipeline for the coming year. The tourism seminar to be held in Cairo in September 2017, in coordination with ITO Dubai would also feature North East among the many attractions in India for Egyptian tourists. He also said that the Indian Council for Cultural Research has been of immense help for such occasions. The Embassy of India thanked the state governments for their involvement in the events and urged them to participate in future events, so that the more of this vast landscape of India is exposed to the international arena.