Kohima, December 4: The fourth day of the Hornbill festival was graced by Rev. Fred Nile, ED Member of Legislative Council, Australia at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama with Deputy Speaker, Zhaleo Rio and Advisor V&AH, Women Resource Department, R. Khing as host of the event.
The 4th day of the cultural show began with a victory dance by the Zeliang cultural troupe which is called Rehoi Lim. This dance is performed by men over 15 years of age. It symbolises victory over enemies or big animals which was considered as an equal trophy. This was followed by bamboo dance called Sutha Lam by the Kuki Troupe which originated from the story of a village chief’s daughter and an orphan boy who were lovers. The chief asked the boy to undergo a test. His test was to jump in and out of the ensuing gaps successfully to the measure of speed timed by the drum. He successfully got through the test by singing “chom chomdoh in” which means “jump in, jump out”.
Lunso Beru Cultural Club of Shamator Town from the Yimchunger troupe performed Kheangberü Khün, a folk song which is sung during Tsüngkamnio festival which occurs during the second week of January.
Sumi cultural troupe performed Babu Shiha Salam Salam, which is an indigenous game and originated in Yemishe village during the British rule in India. It was particularly performed by the village community to welcome and honor the British officials.
Sangtam cultural troupe performed folk song and dance Hooto Hooto which is performed only by men folk during the Mungmung festival. The men dance and sing holding each other’s hand.
Ngada dance was performed by the Rengma cultural troupe. Ngada festival is celebrated towards the end of November, marking the completion of an agricultural cycle.
Folk dance, Kharamjang Bai Hadubani performed by Dimasa Kachari cultural troupe depicts hoeing and tilling of jhum fields by villagers for cultivation of paddy and other crops. Kharamjang Bai Hadubani literally means ‘cultivating with drum beats.’
Pochury folk dance Athso Theserie was also performed, in this dance, the performers leap up high and stamp on the ground, signifying their strength, flexibility and alertness which they employ to fight their enemies during times of war.
Pitho Tsali, rice pounding song, which is sung when friends and neighbours come together to pound rice, was performed by the Angami cultural troupe. Usually, men pound the rice grain and the women winnow and remove the husk. Phom cultural troupe performed Shangi Apai Hommu Yubu Nyih (The descending from Mount Yingnyu).
Lotha cultural troupe performed traditional dance Otchu Tanki Ohan Tanki which is an indigenous game played by the women in their traditional attire. Konyak cultural troupe performed Lamphoon Moarao Man Thoa Haap which literally means war-skill game.
Konyak cultural troupe performed a folk dance called Khio Lak Tsuhang. This dance is unique in that it is not performed frequently, the village only organises this dance when there is no blessing in the village and when mentally ill and dumb people increase in number. The Garo cultural troupe demonstrated Ro’ongDea, an indigenous game which loosely resembles the modern day weight lifting. This was followed by a folk song, Sukem Chia, by the Chang cultural troupe. This song is sung during celebratory occasions where the wealthy citizen would offer Mithun for the festive season. The Chakesang cultural troupe from Leshemi Village performed a migration skit while the Asetkong Cultural troupe from the Ao tribe performed head hunter’s dance which signifies the procession of the warriors across the village towards the altar where the heads are to be kept.
The chief guest for the evening session of cultural show was Secretary, Tourism Department, Government of Telangana B. Venkatesham, IAS with host Secretary, Tourism Department T. Mhabemo Yanthan.
(Page News Service)