MINISTER OF STATE, TRIBAL AFFAIRS VISITS 7th DAY HORNBILL FESTIVAL AT KISAMA
December 7, 2018
On the 7th Day at Kisama the event was graced by Minister of State, Tribal Affairs, Jaswanrsingh Bhabor as the Chief Guest and the chief host was Minister Urban Development & Municipal Affairs, Metsubo Jamir and Advisor, Food& Civil Supplies & Legal Meteorology, NSDMA, Pukhai.
Minister of State, Tribal Affairs speaking on the occasion expressed happiness to be in Nagaland and witnessing the rich cultural heritage of Naga showcasing their dances and songs in a colourful way. He was also happy and proud to let know that Nagaland is a part of India and one of the largest tribals in India. He further said that seeing the rich cultures of India, our Prime Minister, Modi took the initiative in organising the tribal carnival at Delhi in 2016 after achieving 25 years of Independence. So far it has been a big platform in showcasing the unity and diversity of different cultures from all over India.
Lt.Gen Sukhdep Sangwar, Assam Rifles who also spoke as the guest speaker , said that Hornbill Festival has been witnessing a great success year after year .He said that people of Nagaland is very brave, courage, valour, with unique custom, tradition and culture, parallel & non -parallel and fearless. The Naga culture showcase the talents and the roots that they belong, the tradition that they follow ,affection and love that they spread through humanity and commitment that every Naga shows towards unity and peace not only to North Eastern but to the entire country.
The cultural programme performed by various tribes were- Chakhesang tribe who performed ‘THEBVO DO’ (demonstration on making nettle yarn) it is believed that nettle yarn production originated from Leshemi village and later, spread on to the other village. Nettle and gotten yarn were the sole materials for making various clothing to keep warm and covered.
Next performer ‘LEH-LEH’ (demonstration on sowing) by Khiamniungan tribe which depicts sowing in group to work jointly by rotation. ‘THSUMUTHE’ dance, performed by Sangtam tribe. It is a dance where the stepping is crucial and the distance between the feet and the ground is kept as compared to other dance forms. ‘MANGHAPBU CHIA’ (mourning song) performed by Chang tribe. This is a mourning song sung by the village women during the death of the village elders. ‘SIM LOKOILA’ is a folk song performed by Kuki tribe. This is a song conversation between a young boy and a older lady. ‘JAKTONGSIKA’ is a traditional games performed by Gafro tribe. ‘GO-KARTHING’ game performed by Ao tribe. In the olden days a cart is build of wood usually consisting of three wheels and a basis sructure is used for racing. ‘ZANSINGBU ZANGLAN’ performed by Konyak. It is a traditional warfare and defense tactics adopted during raids are exhibited in this dance-drama where muzzle loading guns, daos and spears are used. ‘OOHANG MOO MENVIH-EI YAHPU’ (a tribute to HORNBILL Festival) performed by Phom tribe. It is a folk song of expression of genuine love for hornbill festival the ‘festival of festivals’.
(Tovikali & Moamenla)