Hip-Fest takes Nagaland to the world: Abu Metha

Hip-Fest takes Nagaland to the world: Abu Metha
Abu Metha inaugurating the Craftscape Corner at the Naga Heritage Village, Kisama on December 1. (DIPR)
Dimapur, Dec 1 | Publish Date: 12/1/2021 1:55:37 PM IST

 Advisor to Chief Minister Nagaland, Abu Metha on Wednesday said that the Hip-Fest has contributed to the growth and journey of the Hornbill Festival and it is festivals like this that Nagaland is taken to the world, and the world is bought to Nagaland.

He said this while inaugurating the Hornbill International Photo Fest organized by DIPR and Eastern Art Council at Kisama December 1.

Metha stated that photography is an art that can speak a thousand words and tell the story of the Naga way of life in one picture. “Hornbill Festival is not only about one event but is a wholesome Naga experience. While we promote, preserve Naga culture by showcasing our dances, songs and events like these that show that the younger generation is arriving the world stage.” 

Metha maintained that art, photography and music are taking Nagas soft power beyond its boundaries. Abu added that the Hornbill Festival amplifies the new found ambition of the Naga youth to step out to achieve excellence in the new environment of the global stage. “The success story of the Hornbill Festival is not only of the government but the success story of the people of Nagaland and every Naga citizen is a stakeholder of the festival”, he stated. 

Proprietor, Portrait Studio & Eastern Art Council, Myinthungo Ezung reminded that Hip Fest started in the year 2008 and has come a long way as part of Hornbill Festival. “Hip Fest has bought photographers, artisans and enthusiasts not only from the State but from all over the world under one roof”, he said. He also stated that the exhibition shows every aspect of Naga way of life through photographs. He informed that there are 46 participants with 116 entries for this year’s photo competition and the results will be declared on December 3, while the prizes will be awarded on December 7. 

The Hornbill International Photo Fest also has photos on display by Tom Potisit, an award-winning professional photographer from Thailand. Tom is well known for stimulating conversations on social and environmental issues across various mediums and industries.

Abu Metha inaugurates craftscape

The Craftscape Corner was inaugurated by advisor to Chief Minister, Nagaland, Abu Metha at the Naga Heritage Village, Kisama.

Metha congratulated the curator, Sentila T. Yanger and thanked her team for adding so much value & colour and dimension to the Hornbill Festival.

The exhibition presents an opportunity to meet Naga artisans and experience handmade distinctions of tribal craft specialties by skilled artisans who embrace dignified livelihoods in keeping alive intangible heritage. The exhibition also seeks to create awareness on the fading craft traditions. The artisanal crafts will be available for sale directly from the artisans. (DIPR)

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