Cultural events mark 2nd day of Hornbill Festival

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HT Correspondent

DIMAPUR, Dec 2: The cultural performances by different tribes in traditional attires showcasing their ethnicity marked the second day of the Hornbill Festival at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama, near Kohima on Monday.

The cultural extravaganza is being organised by the Nagaland art and culture department as an annual event in the 10-day festival on the theme ‘Cultural Connect’. Adviser to sericulture, excise and minority affairs departments Zhaleo Rio and principal, Woodstock International School, Mussoorie, Dr Craig Allen Cook were the cultural guest and special guest of the events respectively. Adviser to tourism and art and culture departments H. Khehovi Yepthomi was the host of the show.

Altogether nine cultural troupes participated in the cultural events. Khonoma village cultural troupe of Angami tribe performed victory dance ‘Kuokelie Riilou’, Ao cultural troupe performed ‘Asem Atemba’ involving beating of the log drum, Chakhesang cultural troupe presented barefoot hop game ‘Phetha Zhe’ while the Chang cultural troupe performed a song and dance called ‘Sualua Chea’

A Garo cultural troupe got the spectators involved in playing their traditional game called ‘Ading Sala’. The Khiamniungan cultural troupe performed ‘Poi Poi Mat’, a traditional practice of blowing the bamboo flute. The womenfolk of the Konyak cultural troupe performed a folk dance while the Lotsu Cultural Club of the Lotha tribe performed a folk song called ‘Iya-Hoi, Holo-Iya’.

The Phom cultural troupe from Longleng district demonstrated the art of making traditional earthen pots. Pochury cultural troupe from Khumaisii village performed a folk dance ‘Hitse Hitse’, performed during their Nazhu festival. Kachari cultural troupe performed a folk dance called Mwsaglangnai.

Rengma cultural troupe demonstrated the traditional fire making practice called ‘Ma Kele’. ‘Hoeing’ song, a song sung by the farmers while working in the field, was performed by the Sangtam cultural troupe from Sanphure village.

The Sumi cultural troupe performed ‘Apukhu Kishi’ or leg fight which is usually played between two men. The Yimchungrii cultural troupe from Phuvkiu village of Kiphire district demonstrated log drum, which is carved out of a giant tree trunk. The Kuki cultural troupe performed a folk dance called ‘Jangchalam’ while the Zeliang cultural troupe gave demonstrations on traditional fire making known as ‘Nlei Nlap’ and ‘Hemu’.

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