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Folk Shindig held at Kohima

Khonoma cultural troupe presenting a Tati song at Folk Shindig organized by WASU, Wednesday, Kohima. (NP)
Correspondent, KOHIMA, Dec 17:
Published on 18 Dec. 2008 12:31 AM IST
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With the aim to preserve and promote the Naga culture, a folk Shindig was organized by the Western Angami Students Union (WASU) at local ground, Kohima on Wednesday with former MLA and Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) chairman media cell, Ruguozelhou Paphino as chief guest. Addressing the function, chief guest emphasized on the need to maintain rich Naga traditional cultural heritage and promote the culture. He urged the student organizations to take up cultural awareness programmes on war footing and to keep up the unique Naga culture. NPCC media cell chairman also said that rich age old cultural heritage of forefathers can bring about solution to the many problems plaguing the Naga society at present, while adding that rich values should be cultivated. Stating that Nagaland was going through a phase of cultural invasion with the blind aping of western and Hindi songs and speaking Nagamese in public places, he expressed hoped that Nagas would maintain their language and culture so that people would recognize them. Expressing pain over the violence, killings, kidnappings, extortion, rape, suicides and the like, he felt that it could be solved through going back to our culture of the forefathers and being good Christians. In his key note address Mhiesizokho Zinyii hoped that the “cultural shindig” would able to revive the culture and also the people would know better their cultures. Earlier, the function was chaired by Vithepfulie Kehie, blessing was pronounced by Chii-u Khatsu, welcome address by Zhavisier Chasavi and the vote of thanks was delivered by Vikepelhou Meyase. A cultural cynosure took place – basing on the season –cycle of the lunar calendar were the different villages under Western Angami region presented various cultural items, which was followed by community feast. In the evening a musical concert was held where top local bands and individual artists took part in the concert.

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