Kohima, December 8: The cultural connect programme organised by the Department of Art and Culture was held at the main arena at Kisama on December 8. The host of the morning event was by Deputy Chief Minister, Y Patton and Advisor DUDA Bangkhao Konyak.
The cultural programme began with the Sumi cultural troupe performing the Liphi Le a folk song, This song is sung by the Sumi people while going back to cultivate the same field for the second time. The song invokes the spirit of the fields to protect the crops from the harsh climate and other natural disasters. It also helps them to forget the long hard labour and speed up the field works.
The Garo cultural troupe also performed the badi dake Na ade. The Zeliang troupe performed the Tinggeune Lim a honey bee dance. As the queen bee moves out of the old hive in search of a new place, the colony of the worker bees show great loyalty and commitment in protecting their queen. This dance imitates the protective nature of the worker bees.
The Angami cultural troupe performed the Tsali Ludo song sung when extending and reciprocating greeting to each other. It is also sung to express thoughts of goodwill, friendship and love between two groups or between lovers also.
Eho eho a meritorious dance was performed by the Pochury cultural troupe. This dance is performed by the men folks with high social status. The song eulogizes the brave deeds of warriors and the movements portray the combative tactics used in defeating the enemy, it is performed during feast of the merit.
The Sangtam cultural troupe also performed ha – oo a melodies song sung only by a group of women. During special occasions a group of women sing this song in all important junctions of the village to cheer the villagers.
Spinning of cotton called Khonyak eyen was demonstrated by the Lotha cultural community.
The Kachari cultural troupe also demonstrated an indigenous game called the Reemin Nehlaiba. The game is played by the Dimasas during social gatherings, and weddings. The term reemin refers to the pole used for pounding and Nehlaiba means to push and knock each other. The player who pushes the opponents out from the demarcated circle or gets his opponent down is declared the winner.
The Khiamniungan cultural troupe also demonstrated the eip phao a sanctification of the field is it performed in the field after cutting and burning of the new field and before cultivation. This ritual is performed by an older person or an oracle. It is also believe that the evil spirits and bad luck is driven out from the fields thought the rituals.
Yimchunger cultural troupe perform Limri Shokhi Khun. It is a song & dance related to caterpillar. The people dance and sing the Himro himro song and move against one another as the caterpillar on the move.
Kuki cultural troupe present vakol lam (a bird species). This enchanting motion of vakol is replicated by the performers dancing to the rhythmic beat of the drum. The CHANG cultural troupe also presented a song by women folk called Sao Chia, they sing this joyful song in praise of their husband.
Ao cultural troupe performed an indigenous game Hitting The Stick, this is a game played between two groups.
Rengma cultural troupe present a seed sowing song called ntsi Keshu lu.this is a folk prayer-song sung while sowing seeds seeking god’s blessing on their crops and vegetables. Chakhesang cultural troupe performed tekhezuso (Enactment) it is a traditional assembly held every year during the Runtime festival which falls in the month of December. Phomcultural troupe perform a folk song & dance called ‘pang ongei Menvih lokpu’ which is a Thanksgiving for the bountiful harvest. KONYAK tribe present Khumthut Tsai, this is a folk song sung as they play the log drum, there are different rhythms of beats signifying different meaning.
The host for the evening program were Minister, Planning & Coordination, Land revenue Neiba Kronu and Advisor, Power, Tovihoto Ayemi. (Page News Service)