To celebrate the art and culture of different states in the North-East through a first-of-its-kind digital carnival between June 1 and July 15, GVK-led Mumbai International Airport managing Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport’s (CSMIA) Jaya He museum is celebrating the second edition of its carnival series, Utsara 2020.
The museum will bring together audiences from different parts of the globe to explore North-Eastern cultural diversity, through its buoyant carnival which is in line with International Council of Museum theme for International Museum Day 2020 – Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion.
Utsara will bring the vibrant cultures of eight states in North-East India — Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, and Sikkim. The festival will showcase the celebration of diversities among communities in different states and the proliferation of various arts and culture across these states including tribal history and religion, textile and crafts, food and festivals, travel and tourism among others.
The carnival will also focus on three overarching narratives which include Sustainability – the coexistence of art and craft of the North East, Creative Human Spirit – weaving stories of day-to-day life through folk dance, music, motifs and Social Fabric – the way of communities living through art and craft that depict the traditions and sustaining their history and roots. Each state will showcase the various themes for five days depicting through infographics; videos showcasing folk dance, traditional food recipes, traveller experience, local expertise; photographs; live sessions by experts including tribal community; illustrations and sketches, to name a few, thus, giving a holistic picture of the varied culture of North-East India. The day-long forums divided into story-telling sessions, activities, and Instagram Live sessions which will be conducted in the evening. The 45-day carnival will witness six states displaying their culture in the month of June, followed by the remaining two states in July.