Dimapur, December 1: In commemoration of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Multi Media Exhibition programme was inaugurated by Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio today at World War II museum, Kisama, organized by the Regional Outreach Bureau, Ministry of I&B, Kohima.
The focus of the event is to present Gandhian values and principles both to the people and through the people in contemporary idiom. The 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi is more than a celebration of a great life and a remembrance of history. It is a moment of renewal, of making a fresh commitment to the goals of a just, honest and fair society- at home and abroad.
On the auspicious day of Hornbill festival, in remembrance of late Natwar Thakkar, his son Dr Aotoshi was felicitated. Lt. Thakkar is popularly known as Nagaland’s Gandhi. He was born in Maharashtra in 1932, made Nagaland his home and founded the Nagaland Gandhi Ashram at Chuchuyimlang village in Mokokchung district in 1995 to propagate Gandhian philosophy and peace.
Lt.Thakkar, had worked tirelessly for the poor and people affected with disability. His works include vocational training for social dropouts and physically handicapped, primary schools in villages, medical centres, libraries, khadi sale counters. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1999 and his wife Lentina Ao, a social worker was also awarded a Padma Shri.
Director General, Ministry of I&B, GoI, Dr. A.M Farooqi, in his welcome address mentioned that the Ministry had tried to bring elements of Natwar’s contributions, his life, his struggle in parallel to ideals and work of Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi by displaying of interactive mode in an exhibition.
Lauding the Department of Information & Public Relations, Eastern Art Council and Portrait Enterprise, Advisor, IPR, SCERT and Village Guards, Toshi Wungtung today appreciated the commendable works contributed by the professionals (Artists and Photographers) participating in the HIPFEST 2019 at Kisama.
Wungtung, who has keen interest in photography, stated that the photographs and arts exhibited in the HIPFEST pavilion depict the real beauty of Nagaland. The photographs and in the competition exposes the landscape, traditions and culture of the people of Nagaland.
The results of the International Photo fest will be declared on December 9.
The Artist Corner at Kisama Heritage Village was today inaugurated by Advisor, Art & Culture and Tourism, Khehovi Yepthomi at Kisama. The Department of Art & Culture organized the first state art exhibition in the year 1976. Since then art programmes such as art contest and workshop are conducted all the year round.
The Department had earlier jointly organized programme with the Lalit Kala Academy New Delhi, All India Fine Arts and Craft Society, zonal and regional art centre which enabled local artists to actively participate outside the State and earned many awards and recognitions. The Artist Corner was introduced by the Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio in the year 2010 with a vision to facilitate and promote livelihood, sustainable art products in the State.
Historical heritage archives
The Archives Branch of the Art & Culture Department is exhibiting historical records of the State such as maps, public and private papers, newspaper clippings and photos at Kisama near the World War II museum. The archives stall was inaugurated by Advisor, Tourism, Art & Culture, H. Khehovi Yepthomi today.
The Archives Branch will be organizing the “20th State Archival Exhibition” at Kisama with the objective of creating awareness on the importance of historical records. The Nagaland State Archives is the central repository meant for housing non-current records and serves as the custodian of the historical heritage of the State. With more than 20,000 records the archive branch assists and renders services to the administrators, historians, research scholars, students, individuals and other agencies.
Departmental publications on some Naga tribes, research publications, festivals, folktales/ folklores etc. are available for sale in the archival exhibition stall.
Chief Secretary Temjen Toy inaugurated the Craftscape, near World War II museum, at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama on December 1.
Craftscape seeks to highlight and create awareness on the fragile status of some of the vanishing craft traditions rapidly fading away for lack of patronage and facing threat from substitutes of cheaper alternatives in plastics and other man made derivatives.
During the hornbill festival, many of the artisanal crafts will be available for sale directly from the artisans.
Minister for Planning and Co- ordination, Land Revenue Neiba Kronu inaugurated Hortiscape on December 1 at Kisama.
Winning participants under State level exhibition cum competition for fruits, vegetables and spices at Hortiscape Kisama 2019 are:
Kerhung SHG bagged first position in orange competition; Pineaple – Rokohebi,
Banana – Kidima village, Papaya – Akatoli, Kiwi – S Watila Zhasa, Lemon – Vikeyieno Chuse, Gauva – Vidivono, Cabbage – Njusha Chang, Cucurbits – Matoli Ngullie, Tree tomato – Ketoulhouno, Leek – Kidima village, Broccoli – Avor and Leafy vegetable – Baithe.
Artsy Naga Art Gallery
The art curating foundation, Artsy Naga debuted an exhibition at the 2019 Hornbill International Festival on the theme “Think Art, Think Nagaland”. It was inaugurated by Advisor Tourism, Art & Culture, H. Khehovi Yepthomi today.
The art exhibition-cum-sale is a juried show, featuring some of the best artists from Nagaland and their selected artworks. A total of 46 artists are participating in which Artsy Naga is curating with the core objective to lay the foundations for making Nagaland synonymous with art.
Selected artworks of young artists (under 17 years) are also on display, standing a chance to win cash prizes under ‘Young Talent Award’. There are seven categories in which the participating artists will win cash awards and certificates; one of them being “Viewer’s Choice Award.”
A variety of daily activities like live portrait sketch, face paint, etc is also being held with an interactive experience with events like “You can paint,” where the visitors can try their hands on painting beside a professional artist doing live art demonstration.
One of the prime attractions at the gallery are some rare paintings of Late Pangikala who was a pioneer in the field of fine art in Nagaland. These paintings are 80-90 years old and are being made available for public viewing for the first time outside of private collection.
Lemtur Sculpture Stall
Advisor, Tourism, Art & Culture H. Khehovi Yepthomi inaugurated Lemtur Sculpture stall at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama today.
Meren lemtur, a professional sculpture exhibited his works for the first time at the Hornbill festival 2019. He began his wood working two years ago and most of his sculptures have been inspired by movies and personalities of people.
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Hornbill Kids Carnival
The Hornbill Kids Carnivalssi organized by Synergy Group Enterprise in collaboration with Tourism Department. Scheduled events at the kids carnival include essay writing competition for group B&C on second day, kids dance fiesta and painting, drawing and coloring on 3rd & 4th day, the Voice of Kids Carnival (solo) on 5th day, Teens Kpop singing competition and baking & chocolate making on 6th and 7th day respectively.
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Handloom & handicrafts exhibition
The Department of Industries & Commerce organized exhibition cum sale of local indigenous products of handloom and handicraft at Bamboo Pavilion, Naga Heritage Village Kisama, Kohima on December 1.
Advisor, Industries and Commerce, Imnatiba said that the Department of Industries and Commerce has been playing an important role in exhibiting as well as giving opportunity to the indigenous people dealing with handloom and handicrafts section.
This year’s Hornbill Festival has 111stalls allotted to genuine handloom and handicraft artisans for exhibition cum sale of their products. The exhibition cum sale at the Bamboo Pavilion promotes the artisans for exhibition of their products and marketing avenue.
Agri products stall
Minister for Planning & Coordination and Land Revenue, Neiba Kronu inaugurated the Agri Products Stall of Department of Agriculture at the Heritage Village, Kisama on December 1.
The agri products for sale at the stalls are all farmers’ products which are organic carrying a Naga organic tag. These products at the stall are from the farms coming from different parts of the State which are geographically indicated as Organically Certified Area by the Department of Agriculture after soil testing conducted by the Department.
The farmers’ products put up for sale at the stall are processed food, cereals, pulses and oil seeds, spices and tubers and root crops.
(Page News Service)