Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav (RSM) has been conceptualized in 2015 by Ministry of Culture under the aegis of Government of India to celebrate the spirit of Tradition, Culture, Heritage and Diversity of incredible India. The main objective of the cultural extravaganza is to preserve, promote and popularize the heritage, diversity and unity of Indian culture and reconnect the new generation. In view of that, four Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav have been organized in New Delhi (1-8 November, 2015), New Delhi (15-23 October, 2016), Varanasi (17-24 December, 2016) and Bengaluru (5-8 March, 2017).
The fifth Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav is being organized in North Eastern Region of India from 23rd to 31st March, 2017. The festival is being inaugurated at Parade Ground, Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh on 23rd March, 2017 and extended to other North Eastern states including, Dimapur (Nagaland), Majuli (Assam), Imphal (Manipur), Aizawl (Mizoram), Gangtok (Sikkim), Shillong (Meghalaya) and Khowai (Tripura). The essential thrust of Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav – North East is to present rich diversity and uniqueness of Indian culture and bind the country in a single thread of culture and also to promote cultural inter-linkages amongst the people of North East India thereby strengthening National integration. The festival is being implemented through the seven Zonal Cultural Centres and other organizations under Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
In the festival about 5,000 artists from North East India and 2,000 artists from across the country have been invited to showcase India’s cultural heritage through folk and classical art forms in all its dimensions – dance, music, theatre, puppetry and exhibition on Buddhist arts. Handicrafts mela and food fair is also being organized on the occasion of RSM – NE. The festival aspires to connect around 4 crores audience of North East India.