Chakhesang students presenting a folk song during the 9th Cultural Day of Sazolie College, Jotsoma held on September 1.
Celebrates the rich and diverse cultures of different communities
Jotsoma, September 2 (MExN): Sazolie College, Jotsoma held its 9th Cultural Day on September 1. The event, jointly organised by the Cultural Committee and Students’ Council of the College, is held annually with the objective to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of the students of different communities, from Nagaland and outside, studying in the institution; and also to create awareness among the students about the need to preserve their rich cultural heritage.
The event is also aimed at educating the students to respect the different cultures and people they encounter or come across in their lives, stated a press release.
Dr Puspanjoli D. Nakhro, Academic Dean, the speaker on the occasion, said that culture is the accumulated habits, attitudes, values, skills and material goods of the society into which an individual is born. She stressed that the knowledge and awareness of one’s own culture is important because it not only gives us information about our ancestry or past, but also teaches us to understand the purpose and meaning of our lives and directs us towards the right path.
“Our culture also teaches us our responsibilities and moral values, and helps us to be compassionate and respectful of others, thereby enabling us to co-exist peacefully with others,” she said. She urged the students to pass on the good qualities of their culture to the future generation, the same way they are learning and receiving many good things from their elders at present.
The programme included presentation of folksongs, folkdance, folk-fusion and re-enactment of folktales by different groups like the Angami, Sumi, Lotha, Ao, Chakhesang, Eastern Naga tribes and combined tribes. A display of modern attires based on traditional motifs by the students was another highlight of the programme.
The Eastern Naga students were declared as the winners for their sterling performance of a drama based on a Sangtam folktale titled, “A story of two brothers who were transformed into monkeys”. The Chakhesang students and Sumi students were awarded the second and third positions, respectively, for their equally brilliant performances of a folk song and folk-fusion.
Invocation prayer was said by Kewizunlungbo, President, Sazolie College Fellowship, while the Welcome Song was presented by Zisela Rüdithonger and Chuba Imchen. Vote of Thanks was proposed by Rülevelü Cükhamu, Cultural Secretary, Sazolie College Students’ Council. The Comperes for the programme were Esther Chakre and Jungshinungsang Imti of Semester I.
The programme was followed by a grand community feast featuring a variety of local cuisines prepared by the students.