HORNBILL FESTIVAL: Cultural performances mark Day- 3
Dimapur, Dec. 3: Exhibiting the rich culture of the Nagas, various culture troupes enthralled the gathering on the third day of the Hornbill Festival at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama, organized by the Art & Culture Department.
Wokha village cultural troupe performed a folk song “Death of a young child” signifying a child walking on the highway of death who was offered rice and drinks but refused. At last the queen of death sends message to the parents to take her home as she was loitering on the river side on the way to death.
Kachari cultural troupe from Purana Bazaar, Dimapur, performed Bagurumba dance which is a dance performed by women of Mech Kacharis of Nagaland. The dance signifies the joy and excitement of the women folk after completion of the tedious and hectic day to day domestic works. They sing, dance and make merry like the butterflies flying freely.
Sangphur village cultural troupe from Yimchunger community performed Sangkung Lukhi- beating of log drum. Log drum plays an important part in the social life of the village community. In times of war (Headhunting) when enemies are killed, their severed heads and limbs were placed on the log drum and the drum was sounded. It is also a basic means of communication for the villagers to go to the fields, to indicate time to sound alarm of an enemy attack upon the village and any calamities.
Nsong village cultural troupe from Zeliang community performed Ting Geune Lim- Honey bee dance. This dance has two interpretations- first the queen bee is likened to a beautiful lady where the drones or men were not attracted to. The queen bee would sadly turned back and fly away aimlessly. In the second interpretation, the man wants to marry a girl whose parents wanted land and ornaments in lieu of the girl.
Orangkong village cultural troupe from Phom community performed EiyaLungbo “Healing Ritual.” It signify various rituals performed by the village healer/priest to heal the sick.
Ekranipathar village from Garo community performed Rugala Chroka folk dance signifying post harvest dance, harvest blessing ritual and the life of the Garos during the festive seasons and portrays the ritual village life of the Garos.
Pathso Noken cultural troupe from Khamniungan community performed folksong “Hoi-ye-Zui.” It is a song sang when the harvest is done and all field work is completed for a year. It is also to deepen friendship and make new friend.
Angangha village cultural troupe from Sangtam community performed folk song “She ye Khi.” It signifies the time when they learned how to weave and cloth themselves against the cold and harsh weather.
Bamboo cutting and slicing demonstration
Dimapur, Dec 3: Indian Plywood Industries Research and Training Institute (IPIRTI), an autonomous body of Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India, is demonstrating bamboo cutting, slicing and splitting machines for the first time to help the people of northeast at Kisama as part of the Hornbill Festival.
Delivering innovative solutions to industry, society and environment, the demonstrations will continue till the end of the Hornbill festival.
Dr. Pradeep Kumar Kushwaha, Scientist (IPIRTI), said the machine will help the people of North East which are environment friendly. He also mentioned that different kinds of machines will help to produce a variety of bamboo stuffs cum hands on exercise with bamboo primary processing machines.
The team came to promote farmers in villages to access the machines which is being sponsored by DONER.
Lettingan wins greased bamboo pole climbing contest
Dimapur, Dec. 3: As part of the Hornbill Festival, greased bamboo pole climbing competition was held on December 3 at Kisama with the participation of 17 tribes.
Lettinngan of Kuki tribe bagged first prize finishing at 2 minutes and 19 second. Hansang of Konyak tribe and Damu of Pochury tribe secured second and third positions respectively. The winners received prize money of Rs 10,000, Rs 7000 and Rs 5000 respectively.
Greased bamboo climbing, a traditional sport, is very common among the Naga tribes and in the competition participants were made to climb a 15 feet tall bamboo pole greased with pork fat.
IGP Manipur Nagaland Sector, IGP CRPF Imphal, K Vijay Kumar, gave away the prizes to winners.