Sekrenyi Mini-Hornbill Festival concludes

Correspondent DIMAPUR, FEB 28 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/28/2020 12:40:26 PM IST

A three-day Sekrenyi Mini Hornbill Festival culminated with the cultural extravaganza programme managed by the Angami Youth Organisation (AYO) in collaboration with the Sekrenyi Organising Committee on February 27 at Khuochiezie (Local Ground) Kohima. The cultural extravaganza programme on the concluding day was graced by chairman of Nagaland Khadi & Village Industries Board (NKVIB), Dr. Neiphrezo Keditsu. 

Dr. Neiphrezo in his exhortation congratulated the organizers for the successful conduct of the three-day festival. He said that over the years, the Sekrenyi festival has been celebrated with more gaiety and innovative ideas and promoting the rich culture and tradition of Angami tribe. 

Dr. Neiphrezo maintained that the Government of Nagaland under the leadership of Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio is giving its best to preserve and promote the rich culture and traditional custom of Nagas in many ways. He therefore said that one should continue to uphold and preserve the great virtues and values that were a part of their culture in the past and promote their identity in coming days. With the original composition of Angami songs competition as the beginning, he hoped to see more of such innovative ideas in the next Sekrenyi celebrations. Dr. Neiphrezo also suggested to include stand-up comedian in the entertainment segments in coming years so as to encourage them in this area. He hoped that peace and unity would prevail among the community and strive towards the goal in years to come.

The cultural extravaganza was held under two segments - original composition of Angami songs competition where Thepfuneituo Talie who sung “Bayie” composed by Vituozo Zuyie won the competition and the other segment included contemporary Angami songs performed by renowned artistes who enthralled the crowd. Sekrenyi, also known as ‘Phousanyi’ is the premier festival of the Angami Nagas. It may be mentioned that Sekrenyi or Phousanyi is a festival of ‘purification and sanctification’ of the body, mind and soul. Rituals are performed to cleanse off the past wrongs and sins; to renew and purify the body and soul of oneself, kinsmen, village and the community as a whole, ushering in greater aspiration and purpose in life. The festival also marks the initiation of the young into adulthood; and therefore, the festival is considered to be the hallmark of the Angamis.

The event witnessed “Exploring Angami’s musical heritage.’ Artistes who performedat the event were Pezet Newme, Vizho Thakro, Mengu Suokhrie, Colored Keys, Atso Chasie, Keneisenuo Sorhie, Viriezhünuo Solo, Visietso Yhoshü, Ketousenuo Thami,  Khriekethozo (Gugu) Sekhose & Ketoulhoutuo Zuyie.

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