45th Karbi Youth Festival culminates at Taralangso

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Nasima’s floral fashion show steals the limelight

HT Bureau

DIPHU, Feb 19: The six-day-long 45th Karbi Youth Festival (KYF) organised by Karbi Cultural Society (KCS) came to an end on Tuesday night in a colourful way.

A marathon race for boys and girls was organised on the concluding day. A total of 107 boys and girls from 26 KCS Zones took part in the event.

The race was conducted from Taralangso to Rongpharbi Rongbe traffic island of Diphu market and back to Taralangso. Harata Kro of Dillai bagged the first prize followed by Jostarsontimung of Amri and Prafulla Teron of Sophei, bagged the second and third prizes respectively. While in women category, Sunita Ronghangpi of Donkamukam bagged the first prize followed by lily Phangchopi and LarlynTimungpi of Diphu-Manja KCS Zone in the second and third respectively.

One among the many traditional sports event is the meh kelap (getting fire from a dry bamboo by heating) was conducted at Longbichidu open stage on Tuesday.

The process is one halve of the split dried bamboo is used. The competitors with a bamboo strip have to heat the bamboo hole by pulling continuous without interruption to get fire. The competitor who is able to get fire first is the winner.

There were 10 competitors. The results will be announced on Wednesday.

Other competitions taken up were traditional dance Nimsokerungand kacharhe- wailing song and spoken Karbi without borrowing words from other language. The competitions were held at different venues.

International flower designer Nasima Bagum Lahkar’s unique flower fashion show was one of the major attractions of the 45th KYF on Monday evening.

Lahkar wearing her colourful bright floral dress walked on the stage at Longmirjeng Achatai displaying her unique concept on floral fashion.

The team also performed a skit entitled “A tale of forest” to spread the message on saving forest and wildlife.

Later, Lahkar told mediapersons about herself that before she got into her own entrepreneur, was working in Doordharshan, NE Hifi and Jonak, but left media after a girl child Tinshya was born to her in 2012.

She later went to Bangkok, Thailand to get training on floral dresses under the supervision of ministry of education, Thailand.

After the training when she came back to Guwahati she started her own business called ‘Valley of flower’, Flower Boutique at hotel Brahmaputra Ashoka.

She said that she has her women entrepreneur at Hotel Lobbies. She is also official flower decorator of top hotels in Guwahati like Pragati Groups of Pvt. Ltd., Kiranshree Group of Hotels, Tanisha the largest jewelry, Hotel Nakshyatra, Hotel Onex, Titan Group etc.

Immense support was received from her husband Digjyoti Lahkar, who is a reputed journalist himself in Northeast India, Lahkar said.

She also said that before coming to Taralangso she with her team had performed on occasions like 5th International Agri Horti Show in Dibrugarh and also trained 100 women on flower making there.

During Arunachal Pradesh Day at Itanager where she displayed the international flower fashion show, at Dwijng festival by using traditional Bodo dance “Bagarumba” on December 30, at Bhaisabkund festival, Udalguri and 17th Bodoland Accord Day at Kokrajhar on February 10.

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