Dimapur, October 11 (MExN): To honor and celebrate the cultural diversity of India, the Ministry of Culture of the Northeast Zone Cultural Center (NEZCC) and the Government of India, together with the Vivekananda Welfare Foundation (VWF), organized the event “Bridging Classical and Folk Dance of Nagaland” at Christian Higher Secondary School. Auditorium, Dimapur.

Special Judge Posco Court Dimapur, V Nyekha; DPRO Dimapur, Lolano Patton and indigenous cultural society Dimapur Nagaland and the chair of the Nagaland NGO Forum honored the occasion as special guest and guests of honor, according to a DIPR report.

Nyekha appealed to VWF Dimapur and NEZCC to expand these activities throughout Nagaland to bridge the gap between classical and folk dances of Nagaland. He recalled the philosophy of the Government of India to revive the culture of the various states of India and urged the organizers to carry the message to all other headquarters in Nagaland.

Lolano pointed out that the origin of classical and folk dance may be different, but both reflect India’s rich heritage and cultural diversity. “It says a lot about the unity in us and the feeling of belonging to each other, in keeping with the slogan, unity in diversity,” she argued.

Dr Hesheto, while praising VWF Dimapur, said the Foundation was one of the top performing NGOs among the 33,000 NGOs in Nagaland. Culture is all about cultivating, honoring and representing the identity that is embedded in us, he argued.

The Chief Coordinator, Manisha Borkotoki, delivered the welcome address while the VWF Secretary presented the activities of the Foundation.

Highlights of the program included dancing from Reya and the group, a fusion performance, and congratulations from the participants. A vote of thanks was proposed by the coordinator, Priya Bhattacharjee.