The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr. Jitendra Singh chaired a high-level meeting with senior officials of the Gujarat Government to review preparations for the mega festival of Madhavpur Mela in New Delhi on 8 January 2020. The Madhavpur Mela of Gujarat due to be held in the first week of April 2020. The 8 States of the Northern Eastern Region will participate in the festival.
♦ The Madhavpur Mela of Gujarat shares its connection to the Mishmi Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh.
♦ Madhavpur Mela will witness magnificent folk cultural performances from the North-East, especially Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.
♦ Troupes from Assam will perform Rukmini-Haran, a popular folk theatre of the region.
♦ The musical troupe from Manipur will sing songs related to Rukmini in the Khullong Ishei and Nat genŕe.
♦ Dance-dramas based on Rukmini-Krishna legends from Arunachal and Manipur and folk dance of the Idu Mishmi tribe from Arunachal will be part of the varied repertoire.
♦ Note:The Mishmi Tribe traces its ancestry to the legendary King Bhishmak and through him to his daughter Rukmini and Lord Krishna. The festival celebrates the immortal journey which Rukmini undertook from Arunachal Pradesh to Gujarat with Lord Krishna. Bhismaknagar, located near Roing in the Lower Dibang Valley district, also finds mention in Kalika Purana.