By :Pradeep Pareek
Dimapur(Nagaland) : Day six of the ongoing 10-daylong Hornbill Festival at naga Heritage Village, Kisama located on the National Highway towards Imphal, near Kohima witnessed colourful cultural events under the theme “Culturally Yours” graced by Lt General Anil Chauhan, GOC 3 Corps and Vice Chancellor, Guwahati University, Dr. Mridul Hazarika as the chief guest and the guest of honour respectively.
Nagaland government started organising Hornbill Festival from the year 2000 to showcase the ethnicity of Naga tribes which coincides with the statehood day has brought the state into the tourist map of India said, Lt. General Chauhan while addressing the gathering at the function. At the same time, he commented that the festival connects the people of the State to their roots, besides promoting tranquility and harmony within the society.
This festival also gives an opportunity for the people of Nagaland to connect with the rest of the country particularly the North- Eastern states. The dances, costumes and tradition exhibiting at the festival are a reflection of simplicity, honesty, open-heartedness and the martial abilities of the Nagas, he said.
.The morning session of the cultural festival was marked by Khaozaosie (Dance of Merry Making) by Khiamniungan Cultural Troupe, Sho Shinpu (Demonstration) by Phom Cultural Troupe, Topfü Modu, by Rengma Cultural Troupe and Suta lam by Kuki Cultural Troupe. Other performances included the Baijubu (Serpentine Dance), by Kachari Cultural Troupe, Alukumlale (folk song), by Sumi Cultural Troupe, Singing in praises of Hornbill Festival, by Sangtam Cultural Troupe, Mekhruseipie, by Angami Cultural Troupe, Anding O’ka by Garo Cultural Troupe.
Chang Cultural Troupe performed the Local Grinding Tool Song, Zeliang Cultural Troup presented the Tinggeune Lim (Honey Bee dance), Yimchungru Cultural Troupe, performed the Are Jangachihkhi (settlement of boundary dispute), and the Pochury Cultural Troupe, presented the Shaho Shaho in the afternoon session. The session also witnessed the Yangkhum (Burial Rites) performed by Konyak Cultural Troupe, the Hozhale (folk song) performed by Chakhesang Cultural Troupe, the Alu Meyo presented by the Ao Cultural Troupe, and the Amongi Namvu Hono Chete Merengta (traditional games) performed by the Lotha Cultural Troupe.
Pineapple eating contest :
Ashish, a tourist from Delhi won the first ever organized pineapple eating contest as part of the festival at Kisama. The event organised by Department of Horticulture in collaboration with XL Management and supported by Department of Tourism was held inclusively for the domestic and international tourists with a view to promote the Naga pineapple outside the State. Sweet, juiciest, containing little or no fiber, Naga pineapple, is grown in abundance around two belts of the State, Medziphema and Changtongya.
4th edition of Kohima downhill mountain bike race:
Native Station Nagaland organized the 4th edition of Kohima Downhill Mountain Bike Race from Viswema village culminating at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama on Monday. It was sponsored by start-up cycle manufacturing company based in Pune - Psynyde Bikes and Nagaland based clothing start-up Winter Made.
The winners were- Suman Tamang, Nepal (1st), Apshai Griffith Niangti, Shillong (2nd), Prachit Thapa, Nepal (3rd), Gautam Taode, Pune (4th) and Ollie Hemstock, United Kingdom (5th). The Best Local Rider was awarded to Seyieo Sekhose (Kohima). Firestone medals made in Nagaland by Naga craftsman and entrepreneur Veta Huphrem were handed over to the winners by the young patrons. The race also paid tribute to popular Indian mountain biker, Ajay Padval (4th position in last year's race) who died in a mountain bike accident earlier this year (2017) in Leh, Ladakh