HORNBILL FESTIVAL A UNIQUE PLATFORM TO WITNESS CULTURAL DIVERSITY: GOVERNOR OF MIZORAM
December 6, 2018
The Department of Art and Culture presented the day 4 Cultural connect event at Kisama Heritage village on 6th December 2018. The event was graced by chief guest, Governor of Mizoram Kummanam Rajasekhar and special guest was Major General V.K. Mishra. The host of the event were Minister for Transport, Civil Aviation & Railways and Land Resources, P. Paiwang Konyak and Advisor Skill Development L & E CAWD, Kazheto Kinimi.
Governor of Mizoram, Kummanam Rajasekhar speaking on the occasion expressed happiness to be a part of the biggest cultural extravaganza in the north east. The mission of the festival is to revive, protect, sustain and protect the richness of the Naga heritage and the traditional is clearly being seen here he stated. He said that the colourful display of traditional dances, sports and songs of various tribes is a once in a lifetime experience. He further added that cultural dances, indigenous sports and folk songs are the rich medium to promote the culture of Nagaland to other parts of the country. He also said that the colourful and vibrant celebration the log drums, the colourful headgear, the soulful war cry, the exquisite costumes of the culture is so mystic and intriguing.
The festival has become a unique platform to witness the cultural diversity, not only for the people of Nagaland but also for the people the seven sisters and tourist from various parts of the country and world. He also congratulated the people of Nagaland for making hornbill festival one of the most important and talked about festival all over the world.
The cultural program of the day began with the Sumi cultural troupe presenting the Akhetsu Kukakeu (top spinning). This is a traditional game played by the Sumi community where each player takes turns to spin the top for the longest duration and also try to strike the spinning top of the other competitor. The longest spinning top becomes the winner.
A folk song called Wochak Khundung was presented by the Yimchunger tribe. This song is sung by the groups of workers in harmonious rhythm as they keep working and cleaning the weeds in the fields.
Awaina Lim amur falcon dance by the Zeliang tribe depicts the happy, merry making movement of these awesome birds. Nyuhonyu KehuLu a lullaby was presented by the Rengma cultural troupe.
The Angami cultural troupe also presented that Neiyie Tsupre (test of strength and maturity). In this game the young lad’s attempts carrying hearth stone held up above the head without touching the body and walks around the yard to show his strength and his eligibility for marriage. Failure while attempting this was interpreted as immaturity. Furu Thsuh Khisong the rice pounding songs was presented by the Sangtam cultural troupe.
The Pochury cultural troupe also presented an indigenous game called Adoubvu Akhanyo. The game consists of two groups where players tie shawls around their waist and try to pull each other down. Great physical strength and stamina are required by the players.
The Kachari cultural troupe presented the serpentine dance (Baikhon/Bai Jubu). This dance can be performed by both men and women of all age group. The dance movement imitates the crawling of a python.
Ejupta (cock fight) a traditional game played on all occasions was presented by the Lotha cultural troupe. The participants stand within a circle and try to push out the opponents. In olden days the cock fight is exhibited and categorised in age groups.