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Over 1.25 lakh visitors throng Hornbill Fest; NE states enthralls

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KOHIMA, DECEMBER 9: Over 1.25 lakh visitors, including foreigners and domestic tourists have been attracted to the picturesque Naga Heritage Village in Kisama to witness the 10-day long Hornbill Festival till yesterday.
Altogether 1,25,499 visitors which include 91,277 locals, 32,057 domestic tourists and 2,015 foreign tourists have witnessed the 8 days of cultural regale at Kisama, stated the statistics of the Tourism Department.
The highest so far has been on December 3, with 18,002 visitors, including 12,578 locals, 5,001 domestic tourists and 423 foreigners.
Meanwhile, as the festivities entered the 9th day today there was massive increase of visitors to Kisama to witness the bonus cultural performances as the 18 tribes of Nagaland and also the 8 States of the North East Region displayed cultural vibrancy.
The tribes of Nagaland enthralled the visitors as part of the Cultural Connect organised by the Art & Culture Department while the 8 NE States showcased their respective cultural performance under the North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC), Dimapur, coined “Colors of Northeast India”.
The choreographic presentation of folk dance with live music was curated by Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee & Director of NEZCC, Dr. Prashanna Gogoi, assisted by Rajesh Boro, Anjoy Kachari, Brajen Baro and Rajib Baro.
NE States’ performances were: Mizoram, the land of Highlanders, presented Cheraw dance, Arunachal Pradesh, the land of Rising Sun, presented Rikhampada dance, Tripura, the land of handicrafts & Music, presented Hojagiri dance, Sikkim, the land of Snow Lion & mountains, presented Tamang Selo dance, Manipur, the land of Jewels, presented Lai Haraoba dance, Meghalaya, the abode of Clouds, presented Wangala dance, Assam, the Land of Red Rivers & Blue Hills, presented Bihu dance and Nagaland, the host State & the land of Festivals, presented Nzanta dance.
In the morning session, the 18 tribes presentations were: Pochury – Deyjang Rey Rey (folk song of the East), Rengma – Mezokhwe (Weeding song), Phom – Umo Esho (Love songs), Sangtam – Shong Ngutaba (Top spinning), Lotha – Yantsso Khen (Rikhyo khen) dance, Sumi – Angushu kighikile (Tiger’s hunt), Konyak – Tsai Si, Tikhir – Tsioh Lakti (Traditional women’s indigenous game), Khiamniungan – Hailaiam (Traditional marriage), Yimkhiung – Muyimru (friendship dance), Chang – Odang Onet (Group Demonstration), Zeliang – Hanglei-lim, Chakhesang – Dame phisho (folk song), Garo – Dim dim chong (folk song), Ao – Horak lanu (Leisure game), Kachari – Khopri Sibnai Mwsanai, Angami – folk dance and Kuki – Lom Lam (Lom Dance).
(Page News Service)