Glimpses of Hornbill Festival 2019 on day-4

Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 4 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/4/2019 11:55:13 AM IST

The fourth day of the 20th Hornbill Festival 2019 was graced by Union Minister for State for Tourism and Art & Culture (Independent Charge), Prahlad Singh Patel at the Naga Heritage Village, Kisama on Wednesday as special guest and GEM Hospitals chairman, C. Palanivelu as honoured guest.   

While Lt. Gen. Rajeev Sirohi, GOC 3 corps and DoNER secretary, Dr. Inderjit Singh graced the occasion as special guests in the morning session.

Dr. Inderjit and Ram Muivah secretary North Eastern Council, along with state government officials from Horticulture and Agriculture visited the “Naga Organic Pavilion” which was set up by the department of Agriculture and Horticulture at Kisama. During their visit, the officials interacted with the Naga Organic growers and producers. 

17 different Naga cultural troupes presented various Naga traditions- from the way wars were fought, rituals performed, celebrations after a bountiful harvest to activities like fishing, pounding of rice and babysitting etc.

Chakhesang cultural troupe performed a folk dance ‘Phetho Lizo’, followed by ‘Langa-Pu’ a ritual for rainfall by Chang cultural troupe. 

Garo cultural troupe demonstrated indigenous game ‘Gogripa’ or ‘Chagripa’. 

Aar Tsiingsang’ a war dance was performed by Ao cultural troupe. 

Khiamniungan cultural troupe performed ‘Thamchie Lou’ while Angami cultural troupe performed a lullaby ‘Nuopie pfhe.’ The Konyak cultural troupe also performed a lullaby and on popular demand and performed ‘The Fearless Eastern Tigress.’ Phom troupe performed a song and dance ‘Monyu Asho.’ ‘Ooo-Ha’ a war dance was performed by Lotha cultural troupe. 

Yimchungrii and Kachari cultural troupe performed folk-dance called ‘Langa Ching’ and ‘Chotrolee’ respectively. 

‘Tefü Kesü’, the art of spinning cotton was performed by Rengma cultural troupe, Sangtam cultural troupe demonstrated the method of processing salt and Sumi cultural troupe performed a war dance called ‘Aphilo Kuwo’. 

The Kuki cultural troupe performed a folk dance called ‘Lom-Lam’, Zeliang cultural troupe performed ‘Tingkong Rezai’ and Pochury cultural troupe performed a folk dance ‘La La Küjo.’

Sale and display of ornaments 

Meanwhile, the sale and displayed of Naga craft by skilled artisans added attraction at the Hornbill Festival. Chang artisan from Chentang, Tuensang district displayed a beautifully crafted bamboo mugs also known as “Dobu Thung, dobu”. While Konyak ornaments made of brass heads, ivory etc were also displayed at the venue. 

In one of the stalls, the local wine was a stand out for this Hornbill Festival due to its taste and used of locally made ingredients. Both tourists and locals were seen enjoying the locally made wine at the stall. 

Motsuthung from Akuk village, a self made entrepreneur and wine maker who run the stall, told this Correspondent that participation in the Hornbill Festival has helped him get publicity, to both tourist and locals. Though Nagaland has been declared as a dry state, he felt that there was no harm in promoting own local wine as no chemicals or preservatives were added. He wished that someday he get an opportunity to export his wine.

Information related to Hornbill Festival 

As Hornbill Festival continues to lure thousands of visitors, various government departments and agencies have issued directives/information for tourists and general public.

Glocal Hornbill Intl Fest: As part of the ongoing Hornbill Festival, department of Information and Public Relations in association with Eastern Art Council will be organising “Glocal Hornbill International Festival” on December 5-6 at Hotel Japfu, Kohima. 

The event will screen short movies from across the world and the key highlight will be special screening of the movie “Axone” after the inaugural programme for the invitees. 

The second screening of movie “Axone” will be on December 6 at 3:30 p.m. on invitation by the DIPR.

2nd Nagaland Honey Bee Day: Nagaland Bee keeping & Honey Mission (NBHM) will be organising the 2nd Nagaland Honey Bee Day on December 5 at 9:30 a.m. at the Heritage, Old DC Bungalow Kohima.  

A short documentary on rearing of stingless bees in Nagaland titled “My Bees are Stingless” will be screened on the occasion.

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