Traditional items by Naga tribes marks Hornbill Festival day 3

Correspondent Kohima/DIMAPUR, Dec 3 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/3/2019 12:54:49 PM IST

Visitors on the third day of the Hornbill Festival at The Naga Heritage Village, Kisama witnessed cultural extravaganza “Cultural Connect” showcasing the rich traditional dances, songs and games of Naga tribes. 

Initiated by the department of Art and Culture, the event was graced by special guest Padma Bhusam and Grammy winner, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. 
According to DIPR, the hosts for the morning cultural event were minister of PHE, Jacob Zhimomi and advisor IT & Science & Technology New & Renewable Energy, Mmhonlumo Kikon. Advisor Tourism Art & Culture, H Khehovi Yepthomi and chief general manager NE IOC Ltd. Mttiya Bhattacharya also attended the event.
The cultural event was performed in two sessions. The tribes that performed in the morning session were, Zeliang, Kuki, Yimchungru, Sumi, Rengma, Kachari, Pochury and Chakhesang tribes. Ao, Phom, Konyak, Lotha, Khiamniungan, Garo, Chang and Angami tribes performed in the afternoon session.
The cultural show began with a performance by Zeliang cultural troupe “Herielim (hornbill dance)” a tribute to the great hornbill bird and attempts to capture the movements of flocks of excited hornbills feeding on fruits atop the trees. 
Kuki cultural troupe performed Savailhun (song & dance) a performance to acknowledge hunter’s valor, bravery and feat. Sangkusukadi (arrow shooting) was demonstrated by Yimchungru cultural troupe. 
Sangtam cultural troupe performed rothsa nyichi (war dance), when the warriors prepare for battle. Helo He (game & song), a folksong sung to encourage cultural traditions and values was performed by Sumi cultural troupe. While Rengma cultural troupe presented Ngada dance- a dance performed on the 5th day of the Ngada festival, where dancers in their full traditional attire move around the village in joyous procession.
Baad Bheta Puja a traditional ritual was performed by Kachari tribe, a religious practice of Mech kachari. The ritual is performed by setting up a gate like structure made of bamboo which symbolizes as an obstruction to all the evils and epidemics plaguing the community. The rituals were performed in the presence of the community members who prayed together for good harvest, health and peace. Atutu kukhu (Trumpet blowing) presented by Pochury troupe, a wind instrument carved out of a special variety of bamboo. The instrument is blown on three occasions every evening from men’s dormitories, to ward off wild animals from fields and to alert villagers of eminent attack by enemies.
 Chakhesang cultural troupe presented ‘thuno kuhuo lizo’ a folk song sung by the men dedicated to women who weave cloth. They express love and admiration for their hard work in producing beautiful cloth.
The afternoon session of the Cultural Connect kick started with the Ao cultural troupe performing the Hornbill Dance (Tenem Jilu), a traditional dance that depicts the graceful movement of the Hornbill bird as it moves from branch to branch atop the trees. Accompanied by a serenading song, this dance is performed by men and women during “Moatsu” and “Tsungremong”, the premier festivals of the Ao tribe. Phom cultural troupe performed the Nok-Phat dance, where warriors donned with shield, dao, spear and headgear recounting the past events of war, peace, defeat and victory. Konyak cultural troupe gave a short demonstration of the traditional game called Vee Kok. The Vee is an important forest product which is used for washing and bathing. The game is played by women folk to come together while also to remember the importance of Vee and its benefits. 
Lotha cultural troupe performed the Ematha Shari (dance of joy) performed by young males during their leisure time after the completion of all domestic chores assigned to them for the day. 
Khiamniungan cultural troupe demonstrated the traditional way of weaving bags and shawls using the thread obtained from Eh- Kik (stinging Nettle plant). Garo cultural troupe performed the Wangala dance usually performed during the Wangala festival, a post harvest thanksgiving festival. Chang cultural troupe performed the Lakoula Haupu an enactment of raiding an enemy village. Angami cultural troupe presented a folk tune titled “Howe”, sung to convey messages that would express feelings which would otherwise sound disrespectful if spoken verbally. It was sung to depict comparisons among groups: of wealth, status and habits. 
The special host for the afternoon session of the Cultural Connect was advisor CAWD/NSDMA Kazheto Kinimi.
In one of the stalls, visitors also witnessed live crafting of wind chimes-- ‘Awuthrüu’ of the Pochury tribe at the Hornbill Festival. Awuthrüu is an intrinsic signature of Nazhu festival celebrated by the Pochury tribe. It is a wind chime which is available only to households with a male child to signify the male head count in the habitat registry.
Meanwhile, Kohima Smart City development limited installed an interactive Smart City Kiosk at Kisama, for Tourism department to facilitate tourists with important information about Kohima city, hotels and important destinations along with a QR code scanner. The initiative was a collaborative effort of Kohima Smart City Development Limited and department of Information & Technology powered by Symbios Creations Private Limited. 
It was informed that more features will be added to the beta version of the kiosk in the coming days along with additional wifi hotspots which will be switched in few locations in the capital to provide additional internet connectivity to citizens and tourists.

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