Cultural items continue to captivate the ongoing Hornbill Festival

Cultural items continue to captivate the ongoing Hornbill Festival
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 8 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/8/2019 12:36:54 PM IST

Cultural performances from 17 tribes of Nagaland and presentation by Naga Kiti Silat continue to captivate thousands of visitors on the eight day of the ongoing 20th Hornbill Festival at the Naga Heritage village, Kisama on December 8. On the eight day of the ongoing Hornbill Festival, the morning session of the cultural extravaganza was graced by Assam Governor, Prof Jagdish Mukhi Ji as a special guest and Director General Assam Rifles, Lt. Gen. Sukhdeep Sangwan as an honored guest.

Rengma cultural troupe presented Kerasü (weed clearing song), a song sung while weeding the field in the month of June and July, followed by Chang cultural troupe Naknyulam about Chang Festival (Enactment), Ao cultural troupe on grain pounding, a demonstration of the traditional way of rice pounding.

Zeliang cultural troupe performed Kwaksui (folk dance), which is performed once a year during the festival of Hega in February. 

It means to follow the footstep of a righteous leader. Sumi cultural troupe - Ami Kukula (Fire making) in the olden days when modern form of igniting and making fire were not available. 

Making fire was a laborious and time consuming process. Pochury cultural troupe presented Eza Eza (Folk dance). Other presentations were Kuki cultural troupe - Sagol Kengkhai (Tgeiphit) (Folk dance), Kachari cultural troupe - Dhasiri Dimapuri (Folk-dance) and folk drama  on the rituals to eradicate insects and rodents from the field by Sangtam cultural troupe.  

On the second session of the cultural session, the Konyak cultural troupe presented a field cultivation song followed by the Garo displaying indigenous games (Stone lifting) (loong Dea).

Chakhesang cultural troupe performed Khutho Lizo, Angami cultural troupe presented Theze Dze Keya (game) a traditional game which was played by the male folks in the village.

Phom cultural troupe demonstrated Shum-shu Yangkhu (song and demonstration) in olden times. The traditional enactment was performed by women before their husbands leave for battles.  It portrays their fervent hope and wish that their husbands return victorious.  

Yimchungrü cultural troupe presented folk song called the Alentsaba Lentsaba meaning wisdom,  wisdom peace to east,  co-operate,  peace to wear,  listen to wisdom and knowledge,  celebrating the blooming juice, rejoicing with rice beer.  

Khiamniungan cultural troupe showcased the traditional tattooing (Nyeiplao).The tattoo is administered using traditional needles made from a specific plant called “Nyeiplao Tao Pai”, and soot of utensils cooked over fire was used as ink. Every tattoo is symbolic and bears a sacred meaning.  There’s a distinct way of tattooing for both men and women.  

Naga Kiti Silat: Naga Kiti Silat displayed a traditional mixed form of martial art from Nagaland which collectively encompasses Indonesian art and various styles of martial arts. The art form establish in January 15, 2016 won many hearts and applauses the 8th day of Hornbill festival 2019. 

This martial art involves striking, grappling techniques and throwing where performers are allowed to use certain types of weapon during the events. 

Currently, Silat martial art has spread to 93 nations with each of the countries establishing its own Pencak Silat association.

It is also quite similar to indigenous sumi Naga kick fighting known as “Kiti” or “Apkhu-Kiti” which originated from their forefathers. The primary purpose of the art is to increase fitness among local youths for settlement of any disputes

In recent years, the Naga Kiti Silat has bought many laurels to the state by winning many medals in juniors, sub-juniors and senior national pencak silat championship.  

The purpose of Naga Kiti Silat team is to develop and promote pencak silat and its values through unity and friendship among all tribes in Nagaland, as a valuable indigenous art by spreading the consciousness of patriotism, brotherhood, physical fitness, warrior spirit, and good conduct among youths. 

It aims to provide a platform and teach awareness of self defense skills to the young female generations so as to contribute to the eradication of atrocities faced by them today.  

Naga Kiti Silat under the team Nagaland Pencak Silat Association (NPSA) was formed under the presidency of Khevishe Sema on January 15, 2016 in its headquarter, Dimapur. It is registered by home department, government of Nagaland and  affiliated to Indian Pencak Silat Federation (IPSF).

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