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Hornbill fest a national event: Rio
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 1 (NPN)
Published on 2 Dec. 2008 12:44 AM IST
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Chief minister Neiphiu Rio in his welcome address said the Government of India had recognised Hornbill Festival as one of the national events and that the reputation of the annual festival had spread far and wide, both within and outside the country. He said the Hornbill Festival was aptly termed as “festival of festivals”, since it was a combination of all the tribal festivals put together. Rio said the festival had become a unique platform for the tourists to witness the cultural diversity of not only Nagaland but also the neighbouring states. The chief minister also asserted that the festival was not just a government’s show, but a joint venture of the State Government and all the Naga tribes. Stating that tourism was an essential key to employment generation in Nagaland, Rio said if the tourism sector was rightly processed, a great deal of unemployment problem could be solved. For progress, development and sustainable tourism in the state, Rio said continuing peace and tranquility was a necessity, and called upon the people to make concerted efforts to maintain and promote peaceful atmosphere. President, Southern Angami GB Association, Chato Paphino, who was the guest of honour invoked the traditional blessing. Various cultural troupes from Nagaland, and other parts of North East India showcased their traditions and music through dances and folk songs. Parliamentary secretary, Art & Culture and Tourism, Yitachu chaired the inaugural programme.

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