An initiative by the Meghalaya government, the festival "Songs and Dances of the North East" - to be held at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium - will give a glimpse into the rich culture of the eight states comprising the region.

"The goal is to deliver, engage and exhibit the best of northeast in a creative and exciting atmosphere bringing the people together under one platform of unified diversity," said a statement.The chief ministers and governors of all eight states - Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura, Sikkim, Manipur and Nagaland - will be present at the festival.

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