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Hornbill Festival has propelled Nagaland to global stage — Rio

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By EMN Updated: Nov 30, 2020 9:56 pm
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Ao Cultural troupe performs on the last day of the State annual Hornbill festival at the Naga heritage Village Kisama, Some 15 kms away from Kohima, Nagaland on Tuesday, 10 December 2019. Photo by Caisii Mao

Dimapur, Nov. 30 (EMN): Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has said that the Hornbill Festival is one of Nagaland’s internationally acknowledged intellectual properties that have successfully propelled the state’s “emerging soft power into the global stage, where every Naga is a proud stakeholder”.

The chief minister issued a message for virtual Hornbill Festival on Monday, stating that the annual event is unique, and like no other festival anywhere else; it celebrates the Naga tribal way of life, showcases the rich cultural heritage, and the energy and vibrancy of Naga youth.

“The Hornbill Festival signifies unity and oneness in all aspects while exemplifying the vast potentials and aspirations of our youth. Most of the events are conceptualised, curated and implemented by young entrepreneurs, event management groups, innovators and non-government organisations that create a 100 crore plus Hornbill, generates more than 8000 jobs and is home to more than 500 events held across 6 districts of Nagaland.

“The pandemic has created new normals, and accordingly Nagaland is rewriting the tourism script by aligning the industry to the changed dynamics. Once the world reopens, Nagaland will be prepared with a tourism narrative, that is in tune with a post Covid scenario, and the Naga people will be ready to welcome you to this beautiful land, where, together we will create experiences that will become lifelong memories. I wish all citizens of Nagaland and our well-wishers and friends all around the world, a happy ‘virtual’ Hornbill Festival,” read the message.

Yimchungrü men seen here in performance at Hornbill Festival 2019. (EM Images/Caisii Mao)
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By EMN Updated: Nov 30, 2020 9:56:23 pm