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 from 1 to 8 November, 2015 at IGNCA in New Delhi, 15 to 23 October, 2016 at IGNCA in New Delhi, 17 to 24 December, 2016 in Varanasi and 5 to 8 March, 2017 in Bengaluru.
The fifth ‘Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav’ is being organized in North Eastern Region of India from 23 to 31 March, 2017. The biggest and prestigious cultural confluence is extended to other parts of North Eastern states like 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.
In the festival about 5,000 artists from North East India and 2,000 artists from across the country showcase India’s cultural heritage through folk and classical art forms in all its dimensions – dance, music, theatre and puppetry.