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Tuluni celebrated with fanfare

(L) Women folks of Sema Tilla presenting folk song. (R-top to bottom) MLA, Hewoto Awomi; MLA, KL Chishi; MLA, Azheto Zhimomi and DMC member, Vikheho Awomi speaking on the occasion of Tuluni festival, Dimapur Tuesday (NP)
Staff Reporter: Dimapur, 08 Jul 2008
Published on 9 Jul. 2008 1:01 AM IST
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Tuluni--a pre-harvest festival of Sumi tribe was Tuesday celebrated with much fanfare at various places including  Sema Tilla, Kushiabill and Naharbari, Dimapur.
The gala-at Sema Tilla was marked by folk songs, dances and folk drama with incumbent MLA of IV- Ghaspani-I, Hewoto Awomi as chief guest and DMC member Vikheho Awomi as guest of honour.
Greeting the revelers on the festive occasion, Hewoto complimented the programme committee of Tuluni festival for brining the colony members together under one platform to celebrate such auspicious occasion and further suggested them to bring all the community members in the future for positive results.   
The MLA while asserting Tuluni festival signifies peace, understanding and reconciliation among one another urged the fellow community members to continue live up to the spirit of sodality and preserve their identities and affluent culture.
Hewoto further suggested of restoring cultural and traditional values while considering its originality.  “We should not let this kind of festival and traditions die out”, the MLA said.
He donated Rs. three lahk while DMC member, Vikheho Awomi donated Rs. one lakh twenty five thousand  to different parties participated in the event. 
The festival was also celebrated at Kushiabill organized by Sümi Community Kushiabill with MLA Azheto Zhimomi, 3 Dimapur-III A/C as chief guest. 
Extending Tuluni greetings to Sümi community, the MLA urged the gathering to propagate the rich cultural traditions of the Sümis through this festival. He also made an appeal to take the event with due importance at the same time called for unity and brotherhood through this occasion.
Later, Azheto donated Rs. 70,000 to the Sümi Community Kushiabill, another Rs. 25,000 to the Sumi Students Union, Kushiabill and Rs. 5000 to the organizers.
The celebration was marked with folk song, cultural play and competition followed by feast.
Joining the fanfare, Sümi Community Naharbari village also celebrated the festival with great pomp including folk songs and dances and Tuluni feast marking the occasion. 
The festival was celebrated by the Sümis in different parts of Sümi inhabited areas, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the tribe.

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