Hornbill Festival 2019 concludes on high note

Hornbill Festival 2019 concludes on high note
Correspondent/DIPR Kohima, Dec 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/10/2019 12:16:51 PM IST

Thousands of visitors including tourists witnessed the last day vibrant cultural performances presented by various Naga cultural troupes at The Naga Heritage Village, Kisama on December 10. 

The final cultural extravaganza organised by the department of Art & Culture at Kisama was graced by Bedica Kant, wife of CEO,NITI AYOG and Arun Mohan as special guests and deputy chief minister Home, Road & Bridges, Y. Patton and advisor, Veterinary & Animal Husbandry, Women Resource Development, R. Khing  as the hosts.

The first performers were the Ao cultural troupe performing a war dance “Aar Tsungsang”, an enactment of the actual battles that took place between head hunters in the olden days. The “Oyim” or leader planned the attack, the battle formations and also led the warrior. It was a time to test the warrior’s skills and those who are successful in taking an enemy head was considered a true warrior.

Zeliang cultural troupe presented a folk - dance “Linben”, the dance is performed by asking a girl to stretch and swing her hands and be lively and dance along with her friends. It was also performed in two lines and many people can join the dance.

Chang cultural troupe performed “Ausung Leangpu” (carrying house beam) by carrying the main beam with a number of sticks tied to the log which helped in dragging the log for the convenience of the carrier. Kachari cultural troupe demonstrated “Daobo Atheng” (Bamboo Stilt walking). Garo cultural troupe presented “Wangala Dance”, a post harvest thanksgiving festival. Forming two parallel lines, one female and the other male, they dance to the beat of the Damma (Log drum). The dancers offer thanksgiving to Misi Saljong (sun God) and in hectic rhythm, move to the beat of the drums, gongs and the blowing of buffalo horns.

Rengma Cultural troupe performed “Akaku Tutu” an indigenous games, in this game, a group of players stand within a marked circle and one person was made to bend in the middle of the circle. At the start of the game, all players touch the head of the person bending. The person, who is bending attempts to touch the feet of other players with his feet.

Chakhesang Cultural troupe presented “Murinuomi Lizo” (Song of Orphan), it is a love song sung by an orphan who fell in love with a young lady. Unfortunately the girlfriend died prematurely and all their dreams and plans for the future were shattered. He was made to tend a chestnut tree in the field by the village people. While tending to his task, out of grief and sorrow he composed this song for his beloved. Yimchungru presented “Asaukkhu” a warrior dance of the great warriors to protect the village from enemies.

Minister Higher Technical &Tribal affairs Imna Along, minister Health & Social Welfare S Pangnyu Phom, advisor Skill Development, Labour, Employment and CAWD Kazheto Kinimi and advisor Law& Justice, Border Affairs, Treasuries & Accounts Dr. Longriniken and advisor Tourism & Art and Culture H Khehovi Yepthomi also witnessed the cultural extravaganza.

In the afternoon session, Angami cultural troupe performed first folk dance (üpesei) and Khiamniungan cultural troupe performed  “Waikoi Phing-Phing”. 

Kuki cultural troupe demonstrated various traditional games played by the forefathers. Lotha cultural troupe performed folk dance about the separation of old and New Year. Sangtam cultural troupe demonstrated “Shumüying Kyüba” the feast of merit which included feast of friendship, peace treaty feast and challenge feast.

Konyak cultural troupe demonstrated the olden days of rice pounding by the forefathers which still continue in many villages. Pochury cultural troupe performed “Thso Thse”. The final and last cultural performance of this year Hornbill Festival was “Aqhe Kishi” performed by Sumi cultural troupe.

Meanwhile, a foreign tourist, sharing his Hornbill experience, expressed dismay that most of the events failed to start on time. He said on the last day, the programme was delayed by almost 40 minutes, as they had to wait for the special guest. He said one cannot always blame the traffic and instead be prepared to be one time. Another female foreign tourist opined that the Hornbill festival should have more activities that involve participation of tourists as well, rather than just being mere spectators of events.

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