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Kaleidoscope of culture at Hornbill fest
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 DIMAPUR, Dec 2 - Cultural performances by different tribes in traditional attire showcasing their ethnicity marked the second day of the Hornbill Festival at the Naga Heritage Village at Kisama near Kohima on Monday.

The annual cultural extravaganza is being organised by the Nagaland Art and Culture department on the theme “Cultural Connect”.

Zhaleo Rio, Adviser to Sericulture, Excise and Minority Affairs departments, was the cultural guest, while Woodstock International School, Mussoorie, principal Dr Craig Allen Cook was the special guest. Adviser to Tourism and Art and Culture departments H Khehovi Yepthomi was the host of the programme.

Nine cultural troupes participated in Monday’s events. The Khonoma village cultural troupe of the Angami tribe performed the ‘Kuokelie Riilou’ victory dance, the Ao cultural troupe performed ‘Asem Atemba’ involving beating of the log drum, the 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’, while the Khiamniungan cultural troupe performed ‘Poi Poi Mat’, a traditional practice of blowing the bamboo flute.

Womenfolk of the Konyak cultural troupe performed a folk dance while the Lotsu Cultural Club of the Lotha tribe performed a folk song “Iya-Hoi, Holo-Iya”. The Phom cultural troupe from Longleng district demonstrated the art of making traditional earthen pots.

The Pochury cultural troupe from Khumaisii village performed a folk dance ‘Hitse Hitse’, which is performed during their Nazhu festival. The Kachari cultural troupe performed a folk dance called ‘Mwsaglangnai’.

The Rengma cultural troupe demonstrated the traditional fire-making practice called ‘Ma Kele’. ‘Hoeing’, a song sung by farmers in the field, was performed by the Sangtam cultural troupe from Sanphure village. The Sumi cultural troupe performed ‘Apukhu Kishi’ or leg fight, usually played by two men. The Yimchungrii cultural troupe from Phuvkiu village of Kiphire district demonstrated the log drum, carved out of a giant tree trunk.

The Kuki cultural troupe performed a folk dance ‘Jangchalam’ while the Zeliang cultural troupe gave a demonstration on traditional fire-making known as ‘Nlei Nlap’ and ‘Hemu’.

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