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7-day Hornbill fest begins at Kisama

CHIEF HOST: Nagaland Governor, Nikhil Kumar address the gathering at the Hornbill Festival, 2010. (R) A Cultural troupe takes centre-stage on Day-1 at Kisama. (NP)
Correspondent KISAMA, DEC 1 (NPN):
Published on 2 Dec. 2010 12:20 AM IST
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All roads in Nagaland lead to Kisama from December 1, (coinciding with the 47th anniversary of Nagaland statehood day), for the week-long festivity where the echoes of traditional songs and war cries reverberate along with various exciting programmes.
The show began after the customary pronouncement of the traditional blessing followed by the official declaration of the festival open by the chief host and Governor of Nagaland Nikhil Kumar.
In his address, the governor reminded people about the significance of the day, as it was on this day, 47 years ago, that Nagaland attained statehood and came into came into being as the 16th state of the India Union.
“The state is a wonderful showcase of the rich culture, heritage and spirit of the people of Nagaland” he said and termed the week long festival as a celebration of this vibrant culture. “The Hornbill festival is a commendable attempt to capture this very culture vibrancy and diversity and showcase it in all its splendor and to the whole country.”
He also expressed his happiness that the festival has been breaking new grounds and growing in stature with each passing year and said that the government of Nagaland and the chief minister in particular deserved gratitude and appreciation for conceiving the festival and organizing it with élan every year.
“If the festival has acquired stature and fame and has become one of the most talked about cultural events in the country then it is because of the enthusiastic participation in it of the people of Nagaland.”
He also reminded that Nagaland may be considered a small state but in terms of cultural diversity and richness, it is second to none. “Inhabited by many tribes and communities, each with its own unique and vivid culture, the state is a treasure trove of culture”, he stated.
“We need better and improved connectivity, in particular road connectivity throughout the state, developing more places for stay and recreation, and creation of the right kind of skills required for the tourism and hospitality industry”, he said.
While welcoming the participants and guests at the festival, he said that their presence will not only add colour and life in the festival and provide the state and the visitors a wonderful opportunity of knowing one another and build better relationships. Kumar also said that he expect that the rest of the country would respect the state.
Interestingly, the governor while acknowledging the presence of many media persons from outside the state urged upon the media to project the state in the right perspective to the rest of the country and the world.
The first day of the Hornbill festival witnessed several visitors including the presence of both domestic and foreign tourists. Among the prominent visitors includes US Consul General Ms Beth A. Payne and a delegates of around thirty from Thailand.
Hornbill Festival 2010 tribal guest
The traditional guest Buwang Konyak, Angh of Hongphoi village of Mon pronouncing the traditional blessing for the Hornbill Festival, 2010.
Every year, the Hornbill Festival is graced by a special tribal guest to offer traditional blessings before the 7-day festivities commence.
Cultural presentations from all the 16 tribes in the state captivated the enthusiastic tourists. A major attraction was the display of paragliding organized by the state youth resource and sports department.
Apart from the cultural presentations, the display of Morungs of the different Naga tribes at the Heritage village complex and the ethnic cuisines particularly the Naga rice beer were other major attractions.

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