Dimapur Mech Kachari community celebrated Aai Sagi, a post-harvest festival of Kacharis on Wednesday at Kachari Sports Complex, Kushiabill Dimapur. With the aim to preserve and promote traditions and culture of the Kacharis, the festival celebration was organized by All Dimapur Mech Kachari Customary Organization (ADMKCO) creating a common platform of participation for all members of the community. The festival was graced by Rajya Sabha MP, Biswajit Daimary (Assam) as chief guest and Bodo Sahitya Sabha vice president, Bisweswar Basumatary as guest of honour.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest called upon the Mech, Dimasa and Bodos to work together and preserving their common culture. Pointing out that Kacharis who have migrated and were now spread throughout different states of the North East still had some common words in their respective dialects, Daimary urged the people to promote Kachari language to the younger generation through literature.
The celebration programme was attended by MLA Thanaswar Basumatary (Assam), MLA Monaswar Brahma (Assam) and Peoples’ Supreme Council of Dimaraji chairman Dilip Nunisa and Kachari Tribal Council Nagaland president as special guests among others. Referring to age-old relations among Kacharis and Nagas, Dilip Nunisa also exhorted the gathering that the geography of a place would change but not its history. He appealed to the state government to protect the minorities, particularly the Kachari people, their language and heritage, and further called upon the people for co-existence.
The festival was highlighted by ‘colorful and lively’ traditional celebrative dances presented by cultural troupes of Mech, Dimasa (from Dimapur and Assam), Garo, Sema (from Vihokhu village) and Chakhesang communities. The programme concluded with a festival feast.