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Events on the first day of Hornbill Festival
Published on 2 Dec. 2010 12:41 AM IST
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Easterine Kire’s new book ‘Mari’ released
‘Mari’ a sensitive recounting of a true story authored by Easterine Kire was released on Wednesday by Kaisa Rio at the Angami Morung, Kisama. Mari is the first insider account of the Battle of Kohima based on the personal dairy of Khrielieviü Sekhose O’Leary, the author’s aunt.
Interacting with Nagaland Post, Easterine Kire said that the importance of Mari lies in the fact that no other book had been written on the Battle of Kohima by a Naga. She also said that there was no account on the life or experiences of war survivors.
Through the story of Mari, the book gives a historical picture of Kohima- how Kohima was invaded unprepared, bombing in the villages and survival of people in jungles.
Easterine Kire further expressed hope that readers would read the book as a historical book of Kohima.
The book was earlier launched on November 29 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi by Khrielieviü Sekhose O’Leary, the protagonist in the novel. The book was published by Harper Collins and is priced atRs.250. (Correspondent)
Hortiscape inaugurated in Kisama
‘Hortiscape’: A flower show, sale of fruits and vegetables was inaugurated as a part of Hornbill Festival 2010 by R. Khing, parliamentary secretary for Horticulture and Cooperation in Kisama on Wednesday.
The exhibition cum sale of horticulture has ten categories of competition competed by around 90 participants from Kohima, Dimapur, Wokha, Tuensang, Kiphire and Mon. Varieties of vegetable and flowers such as Bonsai, Bulbs and tubers, indigenous foliage and flowers, orchids-hybrid and indigenous, biennials and perennials, cactai and succulents and annuals, fresh flower and dry flower arrangements are exhibited. The wining prizes of the competition areRs10,000/- for first prize,Rs7000/- for second andRs5000/- for the third positions andRs1000/- each for the consolation prizes.
NE cultural day
As part of the Hornbill Festival celebration, the North East Cultural Day would be observed at the Naga Heritage, Kisama on Thursday initiated by the NEZCC Dimapur. Highlights of the day would include traditional games like rope-swing, archery, bamboo dance & games and wrestling at 10:00 a.m, folk fusion music at 2:00 p.m and folk dances of eight North Eastern States at 3:00 p.m. at 5 pm, the would be ‘Shadow plays’ depicting Naga folklores at State Academy Hall and fashions of North East at Indira Gandhi Stadium.
Handloom and handicraft display As part of the Hornbill Festival 2010, the Handlooom and handicraft exhibition displayed at Bamboo Pavilion was inaugurated by parliamentary secretary for industries and commerce, Dr. K.C. Nihoshe on December 1 at Kisama.
Expressing satisfaction seeing the impressive exhibits put up by 83 units, Dr. Nihoshe said, “Every year the handloom and handicraft displayed at the Bamboos Pavilion is getting better and better and the products showcased are becoming more refined”.
Entrepreneurs from Kohima, Dimapur, Wokha, Peren, Longleng, Meluri, Mon, Phek, Tuensang, Mokokchung, Lady Bug, DUDA, Medziphema, Guwahati, Kolkata, New Delhi, Imphal are participating in the handloom and handicraft exhibition cum sale, organised by the department of industries and commerce Nagaland.
11th annual ‘Archives Week’
The department of art and culture is observing the 11th annual ‘Archives Week’ celebration 2010 at Heritage Village, Kisama from December 1-7. The state archives have been established as a branch under the directorate of art and culture, Kohima, with a view to preserve the state records. The archives are the only repository of the records in the state where scholars are the users and valued beneficiaries.
Public records on display include ‘Lieutenant Vincent diary of the expedition to the Angami Naga’ (1849) to the ‘Tour Diary of Mr. S.J. Duncan, Deputy Commissioner Naga Hills’ (1949). Private papers are also on display including ‘Life history of Rev. Edward W. Clark DD’ (1830) to ‘Thesis written by B.J. Anderson relating to the Baptist Churches in Assam/Nagaland’ (1936-1948). There are also a number of rare books on display some of which include ‘Anglo Assamese Relations by S.K. Bhuy (1771-1862), a Gazetteer of the Territories under the Government of the East India Company, by Edward Thornton (1856), The Journal of the royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland Volume 6, 7, 8 (1872-76), Eastern Bengal and Assam by Superintendent of Government Printing Calcutta (1909) etc. 18 maps of various Naga hills areas ranging from 1922 to 1960 are also on display.
Chad P. Cummins inaugurates YARD library
Director, American Centre, US, consulate general, Chad P. Cummins inaugurated the library of Youth Action for Rural Development (YARD) Kohima on December 1, followed by Interaction with young professionals at YARD conference hall.
In his inaugural speech, the director appreciated the effort of YARD in creating a space for young people to access information. Executive director YARD, Ella Mary introduced the objective of the library and informed the library was for the young people interested to access information outside the fixed academic curricula.
Chad P. Cummins also informed that more study materials was being brought for YARD library, and encouraged young people to access the American Centre Library at Kolkata through email or visit the centre if they require further references to any resources.
During the interaction with young professionals, Cummins highlighted the opportunities that young people can avail through the American Centre at Kolkata.
Some of the key highlights made by Chad P.Cummins were membership to the American Centre Library online with a membership ofRs70/- per annnum to have access to more than 1400 journals which the centre subscribes besides other American publications, opportunity for availing scholarship for graduate levels, PhD and post doctoral studies to the US, partnership with local resource centre like YARD to conduct workshops in building leadership skills.
He further informed that the American Centre promotes music through autumn festival where young musician compete, with two top bands sent to Delhi for the national level competition.
Cummins called upon the young people in the North East especially Nagaland to avail the opportunities that the Centre provides. Chad P. Cummins was accompanied by Rai Barua, information assistant, American Centre, Kolkata.
NSACS slogan writing competition
The Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS) multi-media campaign awareness through festivals is underway at the Hornbill Festival, Kisama from December 1-7.
To create awareness, NSACS would be organizing slogan writing competition everyday under the theme ‘HIV & AIDS from 11am to 3pm.
The results would be declared everyday at 4pm, informed official bulletin.

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