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Imchen at Sekrenyi feast in Touphema

Imkong L. Imchen at Sekrenyi festival in Touphema.
Correspondent TUOPHEMA, FEB 26 (NPN):
Published on 27 Feb. 2010 1:39 AM IST
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Tuophema which had earned its popularity as the first tourist village had added more attraction today following the inauguration of the newly constructed Tourist Resort Friday afternoon. Nagaland Home Minister Imkong L Imchen formally inaugurated the newly constructed Tourist Lodge whose foundation stone was laid exactly six years back in 2004 on February 26 by then Governor Shyamal Dutta. The new tourist resort which consists of a main building which houses the office, dinning hall and a conference hall and another six cottages is located about one and half Km away at the outskirt of Tuophema village. Addressing the function marking the celebration of Angami Sekrenyi festival Imchen profusely lauded Tuophema village in taking the initiative to lead not only Nagaland state but also the Nagas. He said that that under the leadership of chief minister Neiphiu Rio, Nagaland was witnessing not only unprecedented development but also experiencing confidence and peace. Nagaland is a very tiny state but has its own diversity, he added. He also said Nagas can come together as a family through more interaction and mingling and sharing their happiness on such occasions as festivals. Saying, “the more we meet the more we come closure”, Imchen reminded that Naga unity was not possible if was characterized along tribal line. “Whether we like it or not, we’ve to live together, think and grow together”, and added that the process of social assimilation was the biggest force in a society. On the occasion, he said Nagas cherish festivity and wish to preserve it. Parliamentary secretary for Tourism, Law and Justice, Yitachu in his speech, said Nagas were improving in every activity including cultural and tradition. In the past, celebrations of festivals were a hindrance since festivals were celebrated almost every week or month in one village or by a tribe. In this regard, Yitachu said cultural festivals in Nagaland have become a treasure in the form of cultural tourism after the state had official declared Nagaland as the land of festivals. He however reminded that cultural tourism has to go along with eco-tourism and stressed the need for conservation of the rich flora and fauna that nature has endowed to the state. Stressing on the urgent need to ban hunting and conserve the rich flora and fauna, he expressed his happiness that many villages had declared community reserved forests. “In this small way, we can contribute in a big way to the world” in confronting climatic change, Yitachu said. In the past, Nagas loved hunting but today they need to preserve their heritage, he said. On the occasion, he also declared that the department of tourism would provide special emphasis during the financial year 2010-2011 to those villages that have passed resolution banning hunting and initiate communities reserved forests to conserve flora and fauna. He also told the Nagaland Tourism Association to take the lead in promotion of tourism and pointed out that the newly inaugurated Tourist Resort could be a complete package . Several other ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries also took part in the celebration. The celebration of the Angami Sekrenyi or Phousanyi festival at the pristine Tuophema Tourist village this year added a new colour and a regional outlook with the participation of one cultural troupe each from the neighbouring Arunachal, Assam and Manipur states and with the co-sponsorship by the NEZCC. The cultural troupe from Arunachal Preadesh was represented by Naga cultural troupe who enthralled the gathering with their popular “Pereko” cultural dance, while the cultural troupe from Assam presented the famous Bihu dance and the troupe from Manipur presented the popular “Laiharaoba” dance. Cultural troupes from the Tuophema village and also from the neighbouring villages took part in the celebration which was followed by Sekrenyi feast.

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