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Echoes of dances and songs at Kisama
Published on 3 Dec. 2008 2:00 AM IST
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Kisama, also known as the Naga heritage village reverberated with the sounds of dances and songs performed by various Naga tribes even as the Hornbill festival entered the second day, Tuesday. The annual festival continued to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Nagas as representatives of different Naga tribes from different villages in their full traditional attire performed much to the amusement of thousands of both domestic and foreign tourists alike. According to an official bulletin, the number of foreign tourists coming to the annual festival is on the rise. The Hornbill festival which has been declared as a National Festival attracts visitors from Asian nations such as South Korea and Thailand to display their food and other items during the festival. The heritage village as usual provided delicious foods and local products to the delight of the visitors. Besides the numerous festival attractions, the Kohima World War II Museum displaying remnants of weapons used during the Kohima battle and other relics was reported to be attracting hordes of visitors. A number of senior citizens who had witnessed the battle of Kohima were seen going round the museum gallery reminiscing about the “bloodiest war” period they ever saw and lived with during their childhood. During the cultural programme, various cultural troupes including Konyak, Khiamiungan, Sumi, Chakhesang, Zeliang, Phom Kachari and Longmisa Mokokchung presented different items.

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