Day 7: Highlights of Hornbill festival at Naga Heritage village
Festive-goers continue to throng Naga Heritage Village, Kisama to witness the colourful and exciting ongoing ten-day Hornbill festival.
According to DIPR reports, the seventh day of the Hornbill Festival, 2017 witnessed colourful cultural events, displaying the rich and diverse culture and tradition of the Nagas to the visitors at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama.
The chief guest for the day, Lt. Gen. Abhay Krishna, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, GOC-IN-C Eastern Command and the guest of honour, Sumit Mitra, Board Member, Godrej Industries and Associated Companies was hosted by parliamentary secretary, technical education, Thomas Ngullie.
The cultural presentation began with a song of feast, Müyanberü Müyampuhrü Jiyuk Achihkhün by Yimchungrü tribe. The dance represents showcasing one’s credibility, possession, wealth and popularity and to gain higher social status. The gathering enchants song, acknowledging the gesture of the host, invoking their blessings upon the host family.
Khüng Pupbü women’s forehead tattooed dance by Chang tribe, representing the tradition where the ladies of the Ung clan foreheads are tattooed as a mark of identification. The folk dance and song called Ponchon LonaBenkai Oli Eri Nandang Shari Okhen by Lotha tribe represents the clearing of the jungle, sowing of seeds, weeding and harvesting. The post harvest festival, Lao Mo of the Konyak tribe is celebrated after a bountiful harvest as thanksgiving celebration to the gods.
The folk song Badi Dake Nai Ade by Garo tribe is sung where drum beats of bachelors uproariously reverberate and eat rice cooked by the hands of damsels, from the winnowing fan. The Rengma tribe presented a folk song, Gunyon Kenshen. Grain grinding song by Sangtam tribe represents a bountiful harvest where the grains are collected for grinding. A wooden pounding table and a long wooden pestle is used to grind the grains. The folk song Nau ü Asho by Phom tribe presented a lullaby song which is sung by a young babysitter girl in the village when their parents are away in the fields. While taking care of their kin, they would come together and sing.
The day was also marked by the presence of Youth Net and a host of dignitaries – Rahul Gama, Head of HR of Godrej Consumer Products Limited, Vikas Goswami, Head Of Sustainability Godrej Industries (GCPL), Narendra Ambwani, Independent Director of GCPL, Sagarika Bose, Lead Sustainability Godrej Industries, Amrita Pur-ka-yastha, Board Manager of B-Blunt and Poulomi Pal, Deputy General Manager of Sustainability of Godrej Goods and Green.
Earlier, the morning session of the cultural extravaganza witnessed the performances by various cultural troupes, namely Apukhu Kiti leg fight by Sumi tribe ,Tug of war by Chakhesang tribe , Khulkon Lam folk dance by Kuki tribe, Hecha Lim Python Dance by Zeliang tribe , Arpu Tsungsang war dance by Ao tribe , Nan Dihonba Folk drama by Kachari tribe, Elie Zuihang Victory dance by Khiamniungan tribe, Muru Kowthring Folk dance by Pochury tribe, Niechüthunonyü Indigenous game by Angami tribe .
HIPFEST 2017: In the general category of HIPFEST 2017, the first prize was bagged by Parvej Akhtar from Kolkata who was also the winner of HIPFEST 2014. Priyojit Akoijam from Manipur and Metsungnakba Longchar from Nagaland won the second and third prizes respectively. The consolation prizes went to Maong Longkumer from Mokokchung and Dr. Longri Kichu from Kohima.
In the children’s category (13 years and below), Kehunülü Theyo, a student of Cl-6 from G. Rio School, Kohima bagged the first prize, and the second and third prizes were bagged by Abi Mor, a Cl-9 student from Kohima and Sinlo Seb from G. Rio School, Kohima respectively. Rangala Songduimei, a Cl-4 student from St. Anthony School, Manipur and Thungja, a Cl-5 student from Dimapur won the consolation prizes.
Altogether 45 participants took part in the Photography Contest under the theme ‘Colours of Nagaland,’ of which nine participants are in the children’s category (13 years and below). The HIPFEST exhibition is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 pm throughout the festival. The coordinator of the event, M. Ababe Ezung informed that the prize distribution will be held on December 10, 2017 at the main performing arena.
AGM, NFR Maligaon: Additional general manager, North Frontier Railways, Maligaon, Guwahati, Lokesh Narayan paid a visit to ongoing Hornbill Festival on Thursday at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama. He was accompanied by addl. divisional railway manager, Lumding, Assam, Suratha Jani and other subordinate officials.
He said it was a unique experience to be part of the festival which he described it as the first of its kind in his life. He said the Naga people are so friendly, beautiful and their hospitality is known everywhere. Narayan suggested that the festival should be showcased and made known to different parts of the country.
Also saying that the tourists coming from abroad have been enjoying the events to the fullest but the people particularly from mainland India were not aware of what is happening here in Nagaland, he commented.
While appreciating the excellent preparation of the festival, he also mentioned that everything was well organised as such people from all nook and corner have been enjoying the events, he added. He wished the festival a grand success and expressed hope to come back in the coming years. (DIPR)