Inaugural day of 20th Hornbill Festival 2019

Inaugural day of 20th Hornbill Festival 2019
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 1 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/1/2019 12:43:26 PM IST

Following are the reports on the inaugural day of the ten-day 20th Hornbill Festival which got underway at Naga Heritage Village Kisama on December 1. The festival will continue till December 10. 

State chief minister, Neiphiu Rio inaugurated the multimedia exhibition programme at Naga Heritage Village Kisama to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. 

The event was organised by Regional Outreach Bureau Ministry of I&B Kohima.

During the ten-day long exhibition,  Gandhian values and principles will be presented to the people and through the people in a contemporary idiom.  

The exhibition also showcased photographs of eminent Gandhian, late Natwar Thakkar, popularly known as Nagaland’s Gandhi. 

On the occasion, Rio felicitated the family of late Natwar Thakkar. 

In his speech, deputy directorate general Ministry of I&B Guwahati, AM Farooqi spoke about Thakkar, who was born in Maharashtra in 1932, but made Nagaland his home and founded the Nagaland Gandhi Ashram at Chuchuyimlang village in Mokokchung district in 1955 to propagate Gandhian philosophy and peace.

He worked tirelessly for the poor and people affected with disability. His works included vocational training for social dropouts and physically handicapped, primary schools in villages, medical centers and libraries. 

He helped people earn a livelihood by engaging in agriculture and jaggery – making and by setting up oil mills, biogas plants, mechanised carpentary shops and khadi sales counters. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1999.

Lemtur Stall


Neiphiu Rio also inaugurated the Lemtur Stall (woodcraft) at Naga Heritage Village Kisama on Sunday.  

Meren Lemtur, the designer stated that this was his first participation in the Hornbill Festival and felt excited as many of his items have been booked. 

‘Hornbill Escapade’ launched 

To help tourists and Nagas to explore Nagaland, a group of eight veterans have come up with a project “Hornbill Escapade” where they will be touring various places. They have invited both tourists and Nagas to join them around during the tour to be held every alternate day during the Hornbill Festival (December 2,4,6,8 and 10).

The group informed this Correspondent that they will be acting as both guide and entertainer and help the tourist explore other parts of Nagaland not only Kisama. 

Their main aim was to help the tourist see the beauty of Nagaland from all corners and taste the originality of the different culture, region and traditions. 

With the motto “Passion & Compassion”, the group also aim to promote sustainable and responsible tourism in Nagaland. Nagaland Tourism department has also added their project in the Hornbill Calendar 2019.

They welcome anyone from age group of 5 to 60 in their trips to Puliebadze, Dziikou, Glory Peak,  Khonoma, Dziileke and other places.  

Legal services stall 

Nagaland Legal Services Stall at the Hornbill Festival was inaugurated by Chief Justice, Gauhati High Court and patron-in-chief of Nagaland State Legal Services Authority (NSLSA) Ajay Lamba on Sunday at Naga Heritage Village Kisama. 

He initiated the ribbon cutting in the presence of the member secretary N Longshithung Ezung, NJS and chief judicial magistrate and secretary Kohima DLSA Phuleto Yeptho, NJS. While students from Kohima Law College presented a street play on domestic violence during the occasion. 

At the Legal Services Stall, one can avail various legal services for free. 

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