The fifth road show held at Meluri successfully concluded on Saturday as one of the smallest in terms of participation of the state government departments but the best organized and grand with an international outlook with the participation of cultural troupes from Myanmar and also the Thai government representatives.
Three cultural troupes from neighbouring Myanmar as well as Thai Counselor Thoradol Thougruong took part in the two day road show at Meluri which was organized along with Yemshe festival of the Pochury Naga tribe.
Various competitions including archery competition and traditional race competitions, art competitions, traditional games display, marathon race, music competitions and display of stalls by about 12 different departments and various NGOs marked the two day mega event.
One of the main attractions of the show in the two days road show was the mesmerizing display of rich ethnic cuisines by the Pochury women group. About one hundred different preparations of ethnic cuisines were displayed at the stall not only for show but also for the visitors to taste.
The half marathon race which was held on the second day also added colours to the two days event with a surprise participation by the visiting Thai Counselor Thoradol Thougruong along with more than hundred of youth. On the other side, the participants had displayed their feat by completing the 16 kms Half Marathon Race by almost all and in a record time of 33 minutes.
Minister of education, Nyiewang Konyak who graced the closing function gave away prizes to the winners of various competitions.
Earlier, road show was formally inaugurated by Minister for Road and Bridges Kaito Aye.
It was not the piper band nor the beating of log drum, but the blowing of traditional trumpet by a band of traditionally attired men folk herald the arrival of the chief guest and also the beginning of the road show at Meluri which unique in its way.
The state government initially decided to organize road shows in all the district headquarters of the state but finally included Meluri as well due to its important geographical location and its rich minerals resources, said Alemtemshi Jamir, Additional chief secretary and development commissioner Nagaland while addressing the keynote address earlier.
Meluri area which is inhabited by Pochury Nagas and presently under the administrative control of an ADC HQ at Meluri town is one of the sparsely populated area and the lowest density of population in the state as per the 2001 census.