Folk songs, dance mark fifth day of 45th KYF

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HT Bureau

DIPHU, Feb 18: Competitions on various folk and modern cultural items marked the fifth day of the 45th Karbi Youth Festival (KYF) at Karbi People’s Hall (KPH) at Taralangso here on Monday.

Competitions on traditional dance hachakan (harvesting dance) and banjarkekan were conducted. Competitions on Tuva-e- lullaby song and michongkret song were also conducted on the occasion.

Extempore speech, playing of flute, solo song for boys, competition on bamboo and craft and a poet meet drew crowd on the fifth day of the festival.

The prizes were distributed on Rongketong (cultural procession), modern solo song for girls, chengpikeparmang (beating of traditional drum), chongkachingnang (sword dance), bongoialun, quiz, chengburupkethip, moritongpokebut, ritnongchingdi-cultivating dance, group dance, story writing, kengdong dang pen kekat- running on bamboo stilt, poem recitation, essay, spinning of cotton yarns, and traditional songs likepirthekeplang- the origin of the earth and lokhikeplang, peamaralun, debating,kumdengdongkerot, group song, kroichuikeput, group dance, tug of war for both  girls and boys and bamboo craft.

Members of Janajati Oikya Manch and Tiwa Cultural Society also visited the festival on the fifth day.

In his address, Janajati Oikya Mancha president Citra Basumatary called for unity of all indigenous communities for safeguard of the land, culture and language. The festival will culminate on Tuesday evening.

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