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 organised from 2006 by ZCCs in the different parts of the country except North East. After completion of the series of festivals in its member states, the Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre organised 10th ‘Octave - festival of North East in different venue of North Bihar from 14 – 21 November, 2014. The inauguration of the festival was held at Saharsha Stadium on November 14, 2014 and extended to the different venues - Supual, Madhepura, Purnia and Birpur. The national awardees from North Eastern states including Shri Ratan Thiyam, Shri Thanhil Singh, Shri Brindabasi Devi, Shri Sonam Tshering Lepcha, Shri Khirod Khaklari inaugurated the festival.
The folk music, dance, theatre, mime, puppetry, Classical dance of North Eastern states have been presented in the festival. An exhibition on cultural heritage of North East was also organised. The traditional food festival and interactive session with the maestro of performing arts of North East with the local artist was the special feature of the festival.
The folk and tribal art forms presented in the festival were: Bihu, Nagaranam and Gyan Byan, Rabha, Bodo, Mising Bihu, Deodhani, Tiwa, Angkianath, Kusan Gaan, Goalparia Gaan and Dhulia Jatra of Assam, Raas Lila, Dhol Cholom, Pung Cholom, Maibi and Thangta of Manipur, Sangrai Mog and Hozagiri of Tripura, Mashtey and Wangla of Meghalaya, Aji Lamu and Yak Dance of Arunachal Pradesh, Limbu, Singi Cham, Sangini, Maruni, Lepcha and Raisili of Sikkim, Ao Naga of Nagaland, Cheraw of Mizoram. Classical art forms namely Sattriya, Bharatnatyam, Odissi and Kathak were presented in the festival. Drama performances namely ‘Haay Ganesh’, ‘Kathfula’ and Mime from Tripura and Assam were showcased. About 650 artists participated in the festival and it reached about 150 billion audiences.