Proving the popular adage 'Music is a universal language', thousands of people from all walk of life and communities swayed in unison to the music sung in a tongue not known to most of them - 'Korean' at the one day Indo-Korean Music festival held at the Secretariat Plaza, Kohima Tuesday evening.
As the celebration began with call of unity from the popular Nagaland Chancel Choir, the swelling crowd screamed and yelled with a thunderous applause.
The celebration also displayed the growing popularity of Korean language among the Naga population when nine Naga youths took part in the solo competition in Korean organized by the Arirang TV channel of Korea with prizes sponsored by Samsung Ltd.
Avibou, was adjudged the winner and walked home with an Samsung Colour TV while Nikuo and Asa were adjudged second and third runner up respectively.
Korean Dancer and Celebrity VJ Isac and singer Ilac stole the show with their special appearance and performance.
'Aisle' the second runner-up in the Nagaland Music Safari, 2008, 'Boomerang' from Mizoram, Nagaland Chamber Choir, Manipur Sword dancers also took to the stage at the one Korea-India festival, which lasted for almost three-hour.
Earlier, chief minister Neiphiu Rio in his brief addressed extended warm greetings to the Korean team from Arirang TV led by its Vice President Lee Sung Wan and reiterated that the Hornbill Festival touched international level with the Indo-Korean Music fest organized as part of the Hornbill festival.
Rio also hoped that relations between India and Korea would increase particularly in the field of music and culture and also called upon the people to join hands to fight violence and hatred with music.
On the other hand, Lee Sung Wan while expressing sympathy to the victim of the recent Mumbai terror strike, shared the pain and suffering with the people of India.
He also reminded that the relation between India and Korea dated two hundred years back when an Indian king traveled to Korea and build relation with the Korean King. Since then, the relation between the two nations continued and had been hooked in joint venture in different field, he said, while pointing out the joint venture of India and Korea on LG and Samsung.
Neihpiu Rio and Lee Sung Wan, VP Arirang TV also exchanged traditional gifts as a token of friendship between the Nagas and the Koreans.
Meanwhile there would also a special event for the clubbers and all music lovers with VJ Isac on December 3 at 3.00 pm at Kisama, Korean Booth where Singer, Dancer Celebrity VJ Isac would also be present.