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Day-3 highlight of Hornbill Festival 2013

Published on 4 Dec. 2013 1:53 AM IST
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The third day of the Hornbill Festival 2013 cum 50 years Statehood Anniversary held at the Naga Heritage Complex Kisama December 3 was graced by Consul General France Fabrice Ethiene.

According to a DIPR report, altogether nine cultural troupes presented to the visitors, a glimpse into the rich cultural songs, dances and traditions of the tribes of Nagaland.

Cultural troupes of the day included Western Angami cultural troupe, Longsalong cultural club, Mokochung, Garo cultural society, Dimapur, Noksen village cultural society, Phusachodu village cultural troupe, Pathso village cultural club, Angphang dancing group, Mon and Kuki cultural troupe, Bungsang.

The performance of Angphang dancing group staging the tactics of Head hunting was a real treat to the visitors and tourists. The performance of the other cultural troupes also fascinated the spectators.

In the afternoon programme, Gauhati High Court chief justice A.M Sapre and Gauhati High Court judge justice A.K Goswami were the honoured guests.

Highlights included cultural extravaganza presented by Longidang youth cultural troupe, Nanglang cultural group society, Lephori village cultural troupe, Tesophenyu cultural group, Samgsomong village Yangtsung cultural club, Surumi cultural troupe, Kuiutantso cultural club, Huker village and New Jalukie cultural club. The cultural extravaganza was initiated by the Department of Art and Culture, Nagaland

Ahoshe champion of bamboo pole climbing
Ahoshe from Yimchunger community won the greased bamboo pole climbing competition, one of the oldest and interesting indigenous games of the Nagas, on day three of the ongoing hornbill festival at Kisama organized by youth resources and sports department.

Ahoshe walked home with Rs. 15,000 cash prize after climbing to the top of 16 feet greased bamboo pole.

The second prize was bagged by Benon Mech Kachari, who won Rs. 10,000 and H. Eshah Konyak who emerged third prize received Rs. 5,000. Altogether 15 tribes took part in climbing competition except Angami and Phocury.

Hornbill Dance competition from Dec 7
Fight for the ultimate title of the first National Hornbill Dance Competition would begin December 7 starting 5 p.m., where some of the best Acts would vie for the ultimate title. Tickets would be available at the venue on the first day.

Advisor MTF & NRE and Chief Patron Khriehu Liezietsu would officially launch the competition.
The grand finale to be held December 9 would be graced by state governor Ashwani Kumar.

The event is supported by the government of Nagaland, department of tourism, Music Task Force, Havells, Godrej Nagaland, FPAI, Samidirect, Pele Khiezhie President NCSU, Charlie Sekhose & James Liezietsu.

The Nagaland Fitness & Dance Academy (NAFDA) was formed to promote & provide an opportunity for talented Naga youths who have the passion & skills for dance, a platform to get employment as well as to provide a place where our people can come and enjoy healthy life through the various fitness classes available at the Academy. (Correspondent)

Revival of Naga tattoo art at Hornbill
Tattoo art and culture enthusiast, Mo Naga and Headhunters’ Ink, have taken their mission – revival of Naga tattoo art – to the ongoing Hornbill Festival.

Tattooing traditional and contemporary Naga symbols on people from across the globe, Mo informed that he was excited with the response. Tattoo parlour has been set up at bamboo pavilion, stall number 85, Kisama.

After getting his Naga tattoo, Sam Davis from Ireland commented “Thank you so much for the beautiful Naga tattoo.

This will travel across the world with me along with the stories behind the design and will spread the Naga culture worldwide. Long live the Nagas!”

Speaking on his goal oriented mission, Mo said, “I envision a day when a Naga tattoo will, once again, be seen as an internationally recognized benchmark of achievements and Naga beauty.”

Mo has expressed gratitude to the directorate of industries and commerce and directorate of art and culture for their support.

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