Over 4000 Konyak women dance to set Guinness World Record

Over 4000 Konyak women dance to set Guinness World Record
Konyak womenfolk participate in the ‘largest traditional Konyak dance’ in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record in Mon Friday. (NP)
Correspondent MON, APR 5 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/5/2019 11:30:57 AM IST

Konyak women etched their names in history by creating Guinness World Record for the largest performance of Konyak traditional dance when over 4000 women performed together on the third day of Aoleang Mini Hornbill Festival here on Friday.

Day-3 of the event was set aside specifically for women of Konyak community to perform to achieving the rare feat under the theme “Empowering Women for Cultural Heritage”. The event was organised by Konyak Union, Konyak Nyupuh Sheko Khong (KNSK) and Konyak Students’ Union (KSU).

Two officials – Veswuzo Phesao from North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC) and Performing Arts with Fitness choreographer Tali Temjen – witnessed the event.

Later, speaking to Nagaland Post, Temjen said the performers had succeeded in their attempt to create a world record by performing for 5.01 minutes, adding that the performance was stunning. He also appreciated the performers’ energy and enthusiasm by standing for more than three hours while making necessary preparations for creating the record.

He informed this correspondent that necessary documents in this regard would be sent to Guinness World Record for certification, adding the formal announcement could come anytime – within the next 12 hours or within the next five days. The organisers explained that as Guinness World Record adjudicators could not come to witness the event owing to security reasons, the NEZCC official and choreographer were assigned the task of monitoring the event as per guidelines. 

Women from 115 villages thronged Mon town local ground to try in achieving the feat with an objective to preserve the rich cultural tradition of Konyaks for their younger generation.

Earlier, Eastern Nagaland Women Organisation (ENWO) president Ayong Chang, who was the guest of honour at the programme, complemented the organisers for the event that, according to her, would help in preserving the rich cultural heritage. 

Lamenting that the young Nagas were drifting away from their rich cultural heritage, she stressed ensuring that everyone learned their tradition and acquired values and norms deemed appropriate or necessary.

Chang complimented KNSK for showing the way ahead to entre women of Eastern Nagaland by successfully taking a lead in establishing other tribal women apex bodies in the area.

Acknowledging the organisers for attempting to set a world record, she said firm commitment, dedication, sincerity and hard work put by the performers had enhanced the confidence of all tribal women of Eastern Nagaland.

In her address, programme’s special guest Neshe Bongkhao congratulated the women participants for their courage and effort in making it to the Guinness World Record.

She said the attempt to set a world record was a big achievement as there was nothing bigger than displaying the oneness and unity through rich culture and tradition of Konyaks. She exuded confidence that the performers’ effort would not go in vain and get a spot in the records book, adding that, even if did not, this should not be the last attempt.

She appealed to the women to keep showcasing before the world the rich heritage of Konyaks.

Bongkhao remarked that it was important for everyone to realise that increasing the role of women in economy would lead to a more stable and progressive society, adding that Konyak women had versatile talent and encouraged them to go beyond what they were doing now.

She also to appealed students to be committed in their studies and reminded them that Konyak had the lowest literacy rate in the State. 

Angh-yha of Chi (rani of Chi village) Angun invoked traditional blessings on the occasion, while KNSK president Lomei delivered welcome address. 

Thousands of people from various walks of life, including domestic and foreign tourists, senior government officials, Konyak legislators and villagers from various villages in Mon district witnessed the thrilling record-breaking dance performance.

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