The concluding day of a two-day workshop and festival of dances on Tuesday evening at North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC), Dimapur witnessed the rich cultural dances of North Eastern states and South East Asian countries where huge crowd turned up for the show.
Artists from Java performed ‘Laras Leres’ and ‘Angguk Rinengga’, while the Cambodian troupe performed the ‘Manosanchetna’ and ‘Tep Monoram’ dance. Back in the home front, artist from Nagaland performed a dance themed ‘Tenem Malu’, ‘Khuallam’ from Mizoram, ‘Ka Shad Mastich’ from Meghalaya, ‘Selloi-ni tom and Gumrag So Man’ from Assam and ‘Phungarel Jagoi’ from Manipur. Hekali Zhimomi, IAS director, NEZCC welcomed the participants and highlighted about the significance of the festival.
The same workshop would be held in Guwahati from March 4 to 12 followed by the final production of fusion dance at Delhi from March 17 to 20. The programme at Delhi would witness participation of three artists each from the eight North Eastern states along with artists from South East Asian countries.
The workshop and festival of dances at Dimapur witnessed performances by groups from Thailand, Indonesia, Bali, Java and Cambodia. The festival was organized by Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (INGCA), New Delhi, in collaboration with NEZCC, Dimapur as part of the International Symposium on intercultural dialogue between North East India and South East Asia to be held at New Delhi from March 17 to 20.
Meanwhile, an interactive session between the cultural troupes from Bali, Indonesia and Thailand was held at Niathu Resort in the form of an inter-cultural dialogue. Students from Christian Higher Secondary School, Patkai Christian College, members of Art and Culture Department of Nagaland, Dreamz Limited Theater group and other young enthusiasts of dance, music and culture attended the programme.
The nuance of dances from Bali was showed by Professor I. Nyousan Sedana from Indonesia with the help of his dance troupe that presented several dance movements stressing on the movements and expression and also highlighted the fine distinction on the important of eye movement and androgynous dance form. While the Thai dance form was showcased by Pornrat Damrhung who stressed on the importance of adding new elements, self interpretation of traditional songs and dances. Director, NEZCC Hekali Zhimomi, IAS, stated that the idea to host this festival was to discover and observe the differences we have in our traditions and culture with dance as the medium.
Asserting that the performances on stage were really an eye-opener, Hekali pointed out that we do have many similar traits of culture with that of the Southeast Asians. Director of Holiday Abode for Writers and Artists (HAWA) Dimapur and also the state coordinator for the event, Susan Waten averred that the Naga youth can learn from the South East Asian troupes in appreciating our cultural root and tradition.
Stating that the Naga dances were good, Waten opined that one can learn so many things from the troupes and absorb them in the traditional Naga dances.