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Hornbill festival enters day three

Chakhesang tribe performing folklore at the Hornbill festival, Kisama, Thursday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 3 (NPN/PTI):
Published on 4 Dec. 2009 12:34 AM IST
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Commercial Affairs Royal Thai Embassy, New Delhi counsellor (commercial) Tharadol Thongrung today gave the assurance to bring about 100 tourists at the next Hornbill festival. At an interaction with a section of newsmen at Kisama Mr Thongrung, who is on his third visit to Nagaland, also disclosed that Thai government was planning to invite Naga culture troupes to Thailand next year. He also said that Thai people, who came to Kisama to participate in Hornbill festival, enjoyed their stay, though hectic. Commenting on hospitability of Naga people, the counsellor said Naga people were “advanced” and that Nagaland has a “scenic beauty.” He said Thais enjoyed the Naga way of life and food including pork, bamboo shoot, grasshopper which he said, were similar to the items which Thai people ate. Further, Thongrung expressed gratitude to Nagaland government for providing an opportunity to participate in the seven-day mega Hornbill festival. It may be noted that 30 official delegates from Rajahat Surindra University from N.E Surin Province of Thailand headed by Mrs. Atchara Panurat vice chancellor of the University and Mrs. Saowakon Vankam lecturer Food Department from the University along with University are taking part in the festival. On the third day the Rajahat Surindra University students enthralled the capacity crowd with their traditional song and dance titled “Dung Kvok Dung Sak” (pulling the mortar and the pestle). The cultural show of 3rd day of ongoing Hornbill Festival started at 10 a.m at Kisama. Besides various tribal dances and songs performed as usual. Special guest artist from Thai performed their traditional dance and songs. Today’s Hornbill festival was marked by spectacular traditional songs and dances. The warm spirit of festival remained new even on third day with various troupes representing Naga tribes anxiously waiting for their turn to perform. (With inputs from DIPR) WW-II museum draws crowd With the prevailing peaceful atmosphere in Nagaland, domestic and foreign tourists were flocking to the idyllic Naga Heritage Complex near here during the on-going Hornbill festival. While one of the major highlights was a glimpse into various facets of Naga life and culture under a single roof, another destination was the Second World War Museum at Heritage Complex, Kisama about 10 km south of here. Although inaugurated during last year’s Hornbill festival, many new features were added to the museum this year and thrown open for public during the week-long event, officials said. The museum gives bit-by-bit account of the 64-day long battle of Kohima from April 4, 1944 that completely ravaged the hill town, then a district headquarter of undivided Assam. Apart from a large collection of war relics, it displays important memoirs, documents, photographs, remakes of battle grounds and audio-visual documentaries collected from various sources, including UK, Japan and the US.

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