Cultural Connect continues to enthrall visitors
Kisama, Dec. 9 (EMN): Visitors were treated with the rich cultural songs, dances, indigenous games and tradition of the tribes of Nagaland at the ongoing “Cultural Connect,” main event of the Hornbill Festival, on Friday at the arena in Kisama.
Zeliang cultural troupe performed ‘Ntalei,’ folk song of merrymaking, while Garo cultural troupe demonstrated ‘Wangala,’ a ritual practiced by the ancient A’chiks as a thanksgiving for the blessing showered by sub-god ‘Misi Saljong’ during the morning session of the cultural extravaganza.
Pochury cultural troupe followed up with a traditional game before Kachari cultural troupe displayed ‘Baikhon/ Baijubu’ (serpent dance), while Sumi cultural troupe (Dimapur base) exhibited a head hunting demonstration.
Lotha (Kohima base) presented ‘Thanthung Khen,’ a song of praise; Angami cultural troupe (Kohima base) performed a folk song accompanied by dance, while Ao cultural troupe showcased a short enactment of Tsügremmong festival celebration to wrap up the morning cultural presentation on the 9th day of the ongoing “Festival of Festivals”.
Nalin S Kohli, advocate of Supreme Court of India, attended the event as the chief guest with H Khehovi Yepthomi, advisor of Tourism and Arts and Culture, as the host in the morning.
The afternoon session began with Angami cultural troupe (Kezoma village) performing ‘Thülo,’ a traditional game and Kuki cultural troupe with ‘Lenchonghoi La,’ a folk song with dance. It was followed by Chakhesang cultural troupe who presented ‘Rücechele,’ a demonstration on harvesting paddy, while
Ao (Dimapur base) cultural troupe performed ‘Angu Aser Arr Tsungsang,’ a folk song accompanied by dance.
In the next line up were Rengma cultural troupe which demonstrated ‘Danchü Khulieghewa,’ an indigenous game and Lotha cultural troupe displayed ‘Tsungro Hono,’ a traditional game where the womenfolk imitated chickens being attacked by a wild cat.
Pochury (Kohima base) presented ‘Shoji so,’ a folk dance, and concluded with Sumi cultural troupe performing ‘Lechole,’ a folk song. The song was said to have been sung when a young boy and a girl were betrothed to each other but were unable to get married even though they still loved each other.
Yogendra Garg, Chief Commissioner of Central GST and Customs, Guwahati Zone, attended the afternoon event as the chief guest accompanied by Karunakar Das, Chief General Manager and Head of NTPC Bongaigaon, as the honoured guest with Temjen Imna Along, minister of Tribal Affairs and Higher Education, as the host.