Rio inaugurates Anu Mai Amphitheater at Chuchuyimlang Village
Mokokchung, Dec 21
Underplaying criticism of the opposition party against its extravagant functioning, State Chief minister Neiphiu Rio today said NPF lead DAN government had done many things with different visions for promotion of Naga culture and protection of Naga identity. Rio said this while addressing the inauguration function of Anu Mai Amphitheatre at Impang Among in Chuchuyimlang village, Mokokchung district, on December 21.Neiphiu Rio has expressed his happiness for the opportunity to build the amphitheater at Chuchuyimlang village which is the fifth construction in Nagaland with the same concept and design. He has exhorted the public utilize the facility as an arena of promoting Naga culture and tradition.
Dwelling on tourism, Rio mentioned that this year Hornbill Festival had witnessed maximum inflow of tourists nearing to 3000+ adding, “it is getting better and better, bigger and bigger.” He said tourists flock into Nagaland with admiration of Naga culture and tradition. “We are unique and different from others,” cited Rio and opined that it should be the collective responsibility of all to preserve and protect the unique quality. He expressed hoped that the newly constructed amphitheater will assist not only the Chuchuyimlang villagers but also the neighboring villages and tribes in promoting our tradition and culture through the arena. However, Rio rued that Nagas have no work ethics unlike developed states where people understands the importance of work culture. He encouraged the gathering to develop the spirit of work culture by engaging themselves in every profession and not merely hanker after ‘White Collar.’
“Nagas don’t do anything but go around in styles unabashed without holding any job. We will not progress like others in this attitude,” stated Rio. He maintained that there are works for every qualified person and added that the State government is doing its best to bring out the better side of every youth. He said Nagas will progress only when they learn to cultivate work culture.
Rio also reminded the public against making gifts to honour the presence of visiting dignitaries. Rather, he said, “If you appreciate and love our work, then uphold us in your prayers and have co-operation with the government.”
Short speeches were delivered by MLA & Vice Chairman NSAME S Chuba Longkumer, and Parliamentary Secretary for of NH & Mechanical Nuklutoshi Longkumer. A brief report of the construction was delivered by the Special Officer to the Chief Minister YM Humtsoe, while the welcome address was delivered by the Chairman of Chuchuyimlang Village Council Ao Sanen Pongen, and the vote of thanks by BACSU. Special numbers were also presented by NIELIT students and Atula & Friends and cultural dance by Unger village. The programme was compeered by Dr. Aolemla.
It may be worth mentioning that the amphitheater is name Anu Mai which literarily means “The radiant sun stood still.” It started its construction on October 23, 2012, and completed on May 4, 2013, with an estimate cost of Rs 1,85,0925.
Chuchuyimlang Village is a tourist village with historical heritage.