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Gateway House Listening to the Rivers -- By Rajiv Bhatia

Wed, Jul 27, 2016

India’s North Eastern Region (NER) is surrounded by five countries – Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, China and Myanmar. The transboundary Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna (GBM) river basin that covers 1.7 million square kilometres and impacts the lives of over 620 million people in these six countries represents one of the largest fluvial (riverine processes, deposits and landforms) systems of the world. The challenges and opportunities faced by the riverine systems in eastern South Asia was the subject of an intensive dialogue at a recent major international conference, the Nadi (river) Festival, among political leaders, experts and ‘third space’ activists at Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya. It was co-hosted by Asian Confluence, a public policy think-tank for the north-eastern Indian states based in Shillong, and the Government of Meghalaya, on July 15 and 16, 2016. In-depth deliberations generated both heat and light, but they also produced pointers for the way forward.

NADI Festival 2016 begins in Shillong -- Business Standard

Tue, Aug 16, 2016

The two-day Asian Confluence River Festival - NADI 2016, the first of its kind in the region, began at the State Convention Centre on Friday. Speakers and observers from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanamar and India, besides experts on rivers and rural development have come together to explore the possibilities of enhancing cultural ties and amplifying the creative use of riverine connectivity by catalyzing environment friendly trade and tourism between the North-East region and surrounding neighbours.

Major takeaways from Nadi festival -- Meghalaya Times

Sun, Jul 17, 2016

SHILLONG, July 17: The two-day River Festival titled ‘NADI: Listen to the River’ organized by the Asian Confluence, India, East Asia Centre, Shillong, in collaboration with Government of Meghalaya and the Maulana Abul Kamal Azad Institute of Asian Studies has left behind major takeaways for the stakeholders. It was a celebration of the spirit of commonality between the north eastern states and neighboring countries through the rivers of the region, which had for long been the treasured highways of culture and unison among the people. The festival, which concluded last Saturday, was attended by Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma; Bangladesh Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister, Rashed Khan Menon; Bangladesh Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Shahriar Alam; Mizoram Chief Minister, Lal Thanhawla; former Water Resources Minister from Nepal, Dipak Gyawali, former Ambassador of Bhutan to India, Dago Tshering; High Commissioner of Bangladesh in India, Syed Muazzem Ali and High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla during the inaugural session.

A Look at How Shillong’s Nadi Festival Used River Systems to Mediate Policy Between 5 Countries -- TBI Blogs

Sat, Sep 03, 2016

Initiated by the Asian Confluence, the Nadi Festival witnessed the participation of 5 countries with common river systems. With the river as a protagonist, the countries discussed policy ideas, and a shared legacy of dialects, cuisines and arts and culture. Maps draw up a political boundary, but people living for generations close to nature, at the grassroots, know only of a confluence of culture, trade and co-existence, celebrated along the rivers they live by. Come July and the rains insistently establish their significance in the lives of people in North East India, our most biodiverse landscape. The festival of Behdeinkhlam, celebrated by the indigenous faith in Meghalaya, seems in tune with the monsoon’s build up. Drum-beats drive the festivities as offerings are made to ancestors and rituals that venerate nature’s incarnates with folklores, take place. Processions dance down the hillside in a riverine fashion with tower-like structures called Rot or Raths, only be immersed in culmination at the sacred pool at Jowai.

Northeast India, neighbouring countries to take part in river festival ‘NADI 2016’ -- The Indian Express

Thu, Jul 07, 2016

Representatives from India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Bhutan and Nepal will be meeting in Shillong next week participate in a first ever river festival aimed at fostering connectivity, trade links and sharing of environmental issues. The focus of the ‘NADI 2016’ is to celebrate the spirit of commonality between the Northeastern states of India and her neighbours through the 600 plus major and minor rivers surpassing political boundaries, Sabya Dutta, who heads the Asian Confluence and organiser of the event said.

India's International Cherry Blossom Festival 2018

Wed, Nov 14, 2018

Ambassador Hiramatsu made speeches at the opening ceremony of “India International Cherry Blossom Festival 2018” and at “Dialogue with States” on 14 November during his visit to Meghalaya.

Mekong and Brahmaputra-Meghna Basins

Fri, Nov 09, 2018

On 5 October, 20 representatives from civil society, government, and the academic sector, representing seven countries which are part of the Mekong and Brahmaputra-Meghna River Basins, met in Bangkok to identify cross-basin learning and collaboration opportunities. The event was co-organised by the IUCN BRIDGE Programme and the Asian Confluence, India.