New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday inaugurated a festival showcasing the culture of India's northeast region and highlighted the "immense contribution" made by the people of the region in nation building.
The day-long festival - "Songs and Dances of the North East" - was organised by the Meghalaya government here and sponsored by the North Eastern Council.
"The states of northeast are an important part of the country. Despite their small population, they have made immense contribution to the nation," Mukherjee said on the occasion.
"The people of the region took active part in the freedom struggle... Song, dance and music are part of the everyday life of the people of the region, who are known for their hospitality and courtesy.
"The festival, showcasing the rich, cultural ethnicity and diversity of India's northeast, will help bridge the gap between the people of the northeastern states and the rest of India," he said.