Members of Eastern Beats Music Society addressing the media to announce the 4th edition of Guwahati International Music Festival in Guwahati Press Club on Tuesday. Credit: EastMojo image

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Guwahati: The fourth edition of the Guwahati International Music Festival (GIMF), to be held from February 28 to March 1 here, will feature some of the big names from the world of music from across Southeast Asia and beyond and put Guwahati on Southeast Asia’s music circuit.

The two-day festival, to be held at Shilpgram in Guwahati, will have the likes of Lucky Ali, Benny Dayal and his band Funktuation, as well as Thailand based folk-fusion super group Asia7 performing, setting the stage on fire.

“We are all set to host the fourth edition of the GIMF after conducting auditions across the Northeast. This year’s edition will be the biggest so far. GIMF 2020 is set to bring together over 10,000 people and 500 participating performing arts professionals and enthusiasts,” said Aiyushman Dutta, founder of GIMF.

“This would also give a tremendous boost to people-to-people connectivity through art as envisaged in India’s Act East Policy,” Dutta added.

The festival will be preceded by a first-of-its-kind “Northeast India Music Conference” which will be attended by leaders of the music industry. The conference will be held on February 28 at NEDFi House.

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Organized by Eastern Beats Music Society in collaboration with North Eastern Council, Government of India, the festival will see performances by over 500 artistes from six countries and delegates from over 10 countries from across Asia. “This is , giving a tremendous boost to people-to-people connectivity through arts as envisaged in India’s Act East Policy.

Additionally, Northeast Indian Food Festival will also be held where ethnic food stalls from all Northeastern states will be set up. An ethnic food competition for homemakers will also be held on March 1.

“Besides serving as a platform for interaction among musicians, music professionals, music lovers, music trade firms and music institutes, the festival was also organized to initiate cross-cultural dialogue among people and artistes from the region with those from others parts of the world, with special emphasis on creating new vistas with countries of Southeast Asia and Asia,” Dutta added.

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