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KISAMA, Dec 2: The NEZCC has organized a “National Dance and Music Day” here at the Naga Heritage Village, Kisama on the second day of the ongoing 19th Hornbill Festival on Sunday. State Governor PB Acharya gracing the cultural event said the NEZCC was established with the main objective of promoting and preserving the rich cultural heritage of the NAMASTE NE States (N-Nagaland, A-Arunachal Pradesh, M-Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, A-Assam, S-Sikkim, T-Tripura and E-East). He added that North East was well known for its distinct culture and traditional lifestyle and offered a mixed culture of different religion. Every tribal group of these states had its own unique tribal culture, tribal folk dance, food and crafts, he added. Though each tribe had its own identity, culture, tradition, people lived in harmony and peacefully, he said and further announced that “Festival season is the best time to know the culture and traditional costumes of North East India and that festival are the integral part of tribes along with traditional dance and folk music.” Acharya also commented that NEZCC had been the “forerunner for preserving, nurturing and disseminating the mosaic of cultures and art forms of the seven North Eastern States since its inception with more than 5000 registered troupes under NEZCC.” He further added that through the Centre, the rich composite culture of the country was also seen through the prism of the local cultural traits and identities. The Governor said North East India not only offered a “completely different world of traditional music and folk dance but also emerged as one of the prime industry of rock music.” People of North East were talented in arts, skilled in making handicrafts and handlooms and handicrafts and handlooms products were acclaimed worldwide, he said. He congratulated the artists, craftsmen and weavers for their hard work to keep their “tradition and culture alive.” The host of the program were Advisor Tourism, Art & Culture, H. Khehovi Yepthomi, Advisor, Water Resources Development, Namri Nchang and Advisor Fisheries, Evaluation, Economics & Statistics, L. Khumo. Cultural performances from across the states like Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Jammu and Kashmir, Meghalaya and Odisha performed and entertained the visiting guest and locals in the morning program.