Zeliang performs Hecha Lim (Python dance) at the Hornbill Festival on December 7 . (Morung Photo)
Kisama | December 7
“Culturally Yours” a cultural extravaganza under the aegis of art and culture department today attracted huge crowd as 17 tribes performed rich cultural songs, dances and traditional practices of the Nagas.
Lt. Gen. Abhay Krishna UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, GOC-IN-C Eastern Command and Sumit Mitra, Board Member, Godrej Industries and Associated Companies graced the event as the chief guest and guest of honour respectively.
Today’s “Culturally Yours” event was marked by “Müyanberü Müyampuhrü Jiyuk Achihkhün” (Song of Feast) by Yimchungrü tribe; “Khüng Pupbü” (women’s forehead tattooed) by Chang tribe; Ponchon Lona Benkai Oli Eri Nandang Shari Okhen (Song/Dance) by Lotha tribe; “Lao Mo” (Post harvest festival) by Konyak tribe; “Badi Dake Nai Ade” (Folk song) by Garo tribe and Rengma tribe presented a folk song called “Gunyon Kenshen.” It also witnessed grain grinding song from Sangtam tribe which represents a bountiful harvest where the grains are collected for grinding. Folk song called “Nau ü Asho” was presented by Phom tribe.
Earlier, the morning session witnessed cultural performances of Apukhu Kiti (Leg Fight) by Sumi tribe,Tug of war by Chakhesang tribe, Khulkon Lam (Folk dance) by Kuki tribe, Hecha Lim (Python Dance) by Zeliang tribe, Arpu Tsungsang (War Dance) by Ao tribe, Nan Dihonba (Folk drama) by Kachari tribe, Elie Zuihang (Post war dance) by Khiamniungan tribe, Miiru Kowthring (Folk dance) by Pochury tribe and folk song by Angami tribe.
Chakhesang wins tug
of war competition
Chakhesang tribe today emerged as winner of tug of war competition organized by department of Youth Resources and Sports at Kisama and pocketed a cash prize of Rs. 20,000. Ao tribe stood second position and received Rs. 10,000. 14 tribes with eight members from each tribe participated in the competition.
Tug of war is organized as per the tradition and as the major indigenous games of tribal Nagas, in the olden times where two or more teams participate against each other in a test of strength, endurance and co-ordination of the participants. The indigenous game of wild rope is measuring around 10-15 metres long.