The first Tangkhul Katamnao Long Delhi (Tangkhul Student Union Delhi) was held on September 2 with the objective of providing a platform to various talented youngsters and thereby felicitating and nurturing their talents. Propelled by the hardworking organizing committee the buildup to the event was fuelled with the outmost support from elders, research scholars, UPSC aspirants and students. The meet also drew dynamic talents in all the competing categories like quiz, extempore speech, debate, painting, essay writing, singing (solo and band) and poetry.
The marathon- run up of the contest began on September 2 as an audition at UEF Centre, and eventually few selected participants were given a chance to perform on September 4 at the grand- finale, in front of some 800 strong crowds at the Convocation Hall, Faculty of Arts, University of Delhi (North Campus). Jacob Muiwo, graced the finale as the guest of honor. The programme began with an invocation by Rev. Rocky Angumei, pastor, UEF. After a keynote from L. Mark Raising, president, TKLD, it was celebration all way to the end, for the enthusiastic crowds as they witnessed young talents lighting up the stage with mesmerizing and scintillating performances.
Poetry and essay writing drew 18 and 6 participants respectively. In the poetry section, participants were given the freedom to write on any theme and style. While in the essay category, participants were given three topics from which they could choose any one of these: the pace of science in our Tangkhul community, Naga nationalism and impact of globalization in Tangkhul society. Content and topic for quiz and debate both contained the underlined theme of Naga nationalism, with each segment having 10 participants. As for quiz, a section was devoted to Naga history apart from general knowledge and current affairs.
In debate, the movers pressed on the idea that economic upliftment was precedent to education in transforming Naga society where as the opponent went against the flow. Introducing the theme of nationalism in all these segments of competitions was directed towards the bigger campaign of bringing awareness of our history to the youngsters, yielding to the benefit of the individual himself and society in the long run. ‘Something money cannot buy’ was the theme for painting. Participants were an exciting mix of talents, and altogether accounting to 18, among which there were two high school boys.
Extempore speech had 8 participants braving their own nerves and fears and aptly presented a good show with witty remarks. The final event of the day saw 5 solo and 3 band soulful performances. It was a fitting act worthy of being acknowledged as the icing on the cake. The day ended with the winners picking up their trophies, certificate and cash with many accolades from the crowds.