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Cultural extravaganza marks day-2 of Hornbill Festival

Cultural extravaganza marks day-2 of Hornbill Festival
(L-R) Konyak womenfolk perform folk dance. Tourists watch traditional leaf crafting. Pochury women making pottery. Weaving demonstration by Khiamniungan women. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 2 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/2/2019 11:49:27 AM IST

Second day of the ongoing Hornbill Festival at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama was marked by cultural extravaganza of Nagaland tribes organised by the Department of Art and Culture Nagaland on the theme “cultural connect”.

The cultural event was conducted in two sessions. The tribes that performed in the morning session included Angami, Ao, Chakhesang, Chang, Garo, Khiamniungan, Konyak, Lotha and Phom while Pochury, Kachari, Rengma, Sangtam, Sümi, Yimchungrü, Kuki and Zeliang performed in the afternoon session.

Angami cultural troupe performed “Kuokelie Rülou” a folk dance to celebrate victory after the village is proved victorious over their enemies in the battlefield. 

Chang cultural troupe performed “sualua chea” the feast of merit dance that usually performed during Poanglum festival celebrated in January. Chakhesang performed ‘Phetha Zhe’ (bare-foot hop game). Garo cultural troupe displayed “Ading Sala” a traditional game wrestling between two men. An all-women Konyak cultural troupe with muzzle-loading gun performed the folk dance “the fearless eastern tigress”. Lotha cultural troupe performed “iya-hoi, holo iya” folk song and Phom cultural troupe performed “Nok-phat” a traditional song with dance led by warriors donning shield, dao spear and headgear. 

Pochury cultural troupe performed “hitse hitse” Nazhu folk dance which is one of the main annual festivals of the Pochury tribe. Kachari cultural troupe performed “Mwsanglangnai” a traditional folk dance of the Mech Kacharis during the bathou puja or Kherai Puja.  Rengma cultural troupe demonstrated the “ma kele” the traditional fire making practiced in the olden times. Sangtam cultural troupe performed “hoeing song” sung by the farmers while working in the field. 

Sumi cultural troupe performed “apukhu kishi” a traditional leg fight game played between two men. 

Yimchungrü cultural troupe performed “sangkong-Thünek” a log drum demonstration that is carved out of the giant tree trunk. 

Kuki cultural troupe performed “Jangchalam” a folk dance and Zeliang cultural troupe demonstrated traditional fire making. 

Ao cultural troupe performed “asem Atemba” beating of the log drum and Khiamniungan cultural troupe performed folk dance. In the morning session, advisor for sericulture, excise and minority affairs, Zhaleo Rio, and Woodstock International School, Mussoorie principal, Dr. Craig Allen Cook, graced the programme as the cultural guest and special guest respectively. Advisor for tourism, art & culture, H Khehovi Yepthomi, was the Host of the show. Indian society of gastroenterology president Dr. Ajay Kumar graced the afternoon session as special guest. With the objective to uphold, maintain and preserve the traditional practices of the forefathers, a re-touch programme (free training on different kinds of traditional crafting) was introduced by a team at the Naga Heritage Village Kisama. The free training will continue till December 10. 

Gugu Kuotsu from Kohima village, who headed the team, will be giving free trainings on traditional items like leaf crafting, bamboo crafting, wood crafting, weaving, rice-pounding and cleaning. 

Another attraction of the festival was demonstration of pottery by Pochury women artisans of Lüruri village, Phek district. They believed in the tradition of passing down the skill from mother to daughter dating back to ancient times.

Another attraction was the Khiamniungan weavers of Pathso B village, Noklak district. They demonstrated the textile of Nagaland, a traditional art that involves endemic methods of spinning, weaving and dyeing of the fabric with great skill.

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