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Cultural extravaganza enthralls Droupadi Murmu in Nagaland

By Menuse-O Max Khieya Updated: Nov 02, 2022 10:55 pm
Droupadi Murmu, Jagdish Mukhi and Neiphiu Rio along with the artistes and others during the event on Wednesday evening at the State Banquet HALL. (EM Images)

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Kohima, Nov. 2 (EMN): A cultural programme was organised in honour of Droupadi Murmu, President of India, on Wednesday evening at the State Banquet hall in Kohima.

The cultural extravaganza showcased colourful arrays of Naga costumes through dance and music performed by various artistes in traditional attires.

Murmu, who is on a two-day visit to the state of Nagaland, was received by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Deputy CM Yanthungo Patton, advisor of Art & Culture and Tourism, H Khehovi Yepthomi and chief secretary, J Alam.

The president was also presented with traditional gifts while being accorded a warm welcome.

Delivering the opening remarks, Yepthomi, was appreciative of the President for her many achievements and described her as an “exemplary leader and a symbol of hope for millions of people in the world, especially women in particular.”

He said Nagaland is a land of unique culture and traditions with a large diversity of ethnic groups, dialects, climates, and landscapes, adding that the land is home to 18 major tribes with distinct and fascinating cultures.

The advisor of Art & Culture and Tourism shared that more than 80% of the population live in isolated villages and practice their own rituals and traditions, which have been in existence since centuries.

“Since such is the authenticity and uniqueness of the tribes of the Nagas, our cultural traditions and heritage are deeply rooted in the nature and does make the state an idle place for eco and rural tourism and offer rare opportunity to experience life in its traditional settings and describable villages,” he said.

Meanwhile, the advisor also informed that the state has kick-started preparations to celebrate its biggest cultural extravaganza – the 23rd edition of Hornbill Festival of Nagaland.

Asserting that Hornbill Festival is considered to be the biggest tourism event in the North-east, Yepthomi invited the President to the upcoming festival.

During the festival, he apprised how the various tribes showcase and share the unique and diverse cultural identities on a single platform. The first day of the festival also coincides with the Nagaland statehood day, he added.

By Menuse-O Max Khieya Updated: Nov 02, 2022 10:55:43 pm