Envisioned to preserve, promote and popularize the heritage and cultural diversity of Indian culture and reconnect the new generation with Indian culture, Ministry of Culture recently organized a nine-day long cultural fiesta named the National Cultural Festival. The northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh hosted the curtain raiser of the festival held in the premises of Parade Ground in Tawang, inaugurated by CM Pema Khandu along with the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture and Tourism, Mahesh Sharma, and other state dignitaries. Moreover, the northeastern province of Nagaland and Manipur brought to light around 500 artists, representing several tribes of the states, who exhibited their cultural dances. In Manipur the festival was held under the theme 'Ek Bharat Shresth Bharat'. Varieties of dance, songs, music, cuisines and an exclusive display of handicrafts from different states of the country marked the festival's beginning. The festival aimed at showcasing the spectacular culture, tradition and their beautiful dance forms under one platform thereby strengthening the socio-cultural ties among all. Apart from these three states, the festival was also organized at Majuli in Assam, Aizawl in Mizoram, Gangtok in Sikkim, Shillong in Meghalaya and Khowai in Tripura.