The festival has been organised for the first time in the North-east India, in order to showcase different facets of American life, including the country’s history, music, film, art and culture. The daylong festival also highlighted the services offered by the US consulate general, Calcutta, for citizens of Agartala and rest of Tripura.
Director of US consulate general, Calcutta, Jeffrey K. Reneau, briefed reporters at an informal interaction the other day. He said the daylong extravaganza would provide easy access to residents of Agartala and include a Spelling Bee competition for school students, a quiz competition on knowledge of the US, debates, a musical function and a film show.
“Our purpose is to promote people-to-people contact for a better understanding of people of India and America,” said Reneau. He added that the daylong programme would also apprise those in attendance of opportunities for undergraduate and post-graduate education in American universities and the methods of filing applications for availing opportunities for higher education in the US.
“The American library will also provide printed material and conduct training sessions to make people aware of how best to use the library and its resources,” said Reneau. The Namesake, a film directed by Mira Nair and based on Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri’s book, was also screened in the Nazrul Kalakshetra auditorium as the final event of the programme, Reneau said.
The Taste of America festival was held under three sections, one for school students, another for college and university students and the third for the general public.
Going forward, “Taste of America” festival would become an annual event in states of the Northeast India.