The first ever folk song competition at Hornbill Festival was held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama on December 4. Seventeen different tribes took part in the competition which consisted of solo, duet and quartet.
Khiamniungan quartet was declared the winner of the competition and walked away with prize money of Rs. 30,000. The first runner-up went to Chang quartet and the second runner-up was bagged by Yimchungrü quartet. The first and second runner-up received a cash prize of Rs. 20,000 and 10,000 respectively.
All the other participating groups were awarded consolation prize of Rs. 2000 each.
Initiated by Harmony Society in collaboration with the Department of Tourism, Nagaland, the aim of the competition was to assist in preservation of tribal communities and to promote Naga culture.
The judges were Mhathung Odyuo (from Purple Fusion), Neikuo Khezhie and Kehodi Yoho (both from Coloured Keys).