Festival to promote Sohra
By Our Reporter
SHILLONG: A four-day Cherrapunjee Festival will be held next month to highlight the agricultural and horticultural aspects of this famous tourist spot, in bids to promote the rich heritage as well as eco-tourism at Sohra.
Eight buses will pick and drop passengers to the venue, free of cost.
On Thursday, chairman of the festival core committee, PW Khongjee, said, “This festival will help promote the agricultural and horticulture sectors of this area which are world famous.”
The festival will witness a host of programmes such as traditional, dance shows and local sports, in addition to popular country music acts and a nationwide rock competition.
Around 15 rock bands from Shillong and other parts of the country, including two Bollywood singers, are likely to participate in the event.
Organisers said the event would be a capacity-building programme for the people of the area, which, in the past, could not benefit much from the “bread and breakfast” scheme.
The four-day festival will also include a seminar on how to develop the North-East and Sohra as a tourist destination. Different stakeholders from the tourism sector are expected to participate. The festival will flaunt the rich indigenous cultural heritage of Cherrapunjee and celebrate the North-East’s love for modern popular music, Khonjee claimed.
Source: The Shillong Times