In the wake of the unprecedented exodus of northeast Indians from the city last month, a cultural programme will be held here on Friday to promote a message of national integration. It aims to assure northeast Indians living here that not only are they are welcome, but that they are very much part of the city’s cultural vibrancy.

The programme will celebrate the best of both cultures by featuring a Yakshagana recital and Apunba Sakatam , a piece that will feature northeastern dances, including a dance from Nagaland, and melodies from Mizoram. It is being organised by the Millenium Media, an organisation promoting national integration through cultural events, in association with the Department of Kannada and Culture and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. Kannada and Culture Minister Govind M. Karjol will inaugurate it.

While Yakshagana will be performed by artistes from the Karnataka Kala Dharshini, artiste Maya Vinayan will perform Mohiniattam. G. Moses, Millenium Media founder, said the aim was to give out a strong message that Karnataka is a “peace-loving State with peace-loving people”.

The programme will be held at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan from 5.30 p.m.