OCTAVE - The Festival of North East has been initiated in 2006 with the objective of promoting and showcasing the art and the cultural heritage of the North Eastern states of India, also brings the North East into focus and creates a better understanding about the splendid and harmonized aesthetics of the region amongst the people from the other parts of the country. The octagonal formation of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya and Sikkim has its own distinct cultures, traditions and topography. Demographically, culturally and linguistically the North East is a perfect example of a beautiful amalgamation of co-existing cultures.
Though of its recent origin, OCTAVE is now a major event in the cultural calendar of the country. The OCTAVE has been organized from 2006 till date by EZCCs in the different parts of the country except North East.
Folk music, dances, theatre, mime, puppetry, classical dances of North Eastern states are presented at the Octave festivals. Exhibitions on cultural heritage of the North East are also organised. Traditional food festivals and interactive sessions with the maestros of performing arts of the North East are the special features of the festival.
This year (2019) EZCC organized three Octave Festivals - at Puri (Odisha), Port Blair (Andaman and Nicobar Islands) and Patna (Bihar). All of them have been huge successes.
Octave 2019 at Puri