HIPFEST 2023: Nature’s Canvas-Celebrating the beauty of Nagaland

Kisama, December 1 (MExN): Advisor Information & Public Relations and Soil and Water Conservation, Imkong L Imchen inaugurated the HIPFEST 2023 themed Nature’s Canvas-Celebrating the beauty of Nagaland at the WWII Museum Arena, Kisama on December 1. 

Addressing the inauguration, Imchen stated that such events give opportunity to upcoming youth and enthusiast to showcase their talents and works. He congratulated the Department of IPR and Portrait Studio for organising the HIPFEST successfully over the past years, stated a DIPR report. 

Director IPR, Dzuvinuo Theunuo, in her welcome address, stated that the Department of IPR in collaboration with Portrait Studio has been organising the HIPFEST for the last few years as part of the Hornbill Festival. She highlighted that the photos collected over the years have been used in various government publications including the Nagaland Calendar and the Nagaland Dairy.  

The Department felt the need to organise a photofest where the pictures of the State can be showcased to people and also to encourage young upcoming photographers, she added. The Director also viewed that enthusiasm has picked up over the years. 

Proprietor, The Portrait Studio, Ababe Ezung stated that the HIPFEST is one platform where people from all walks of life can come and witnessed Naga lifestyle be it in a kitchen, field, celebration, marriage, etc. because all photographs showcased are from the state of Nagaland. He also added that photographs showcased in the exhibition have been published in other foreign magazines promoting tourism of our state.

Ababe informed that HIPFEST 2023 has 84 participants and the competition will be judged by Kekhriezhazo, Onenjunshi, both photographers from Nagaland and also a representative from Nikon. 

Short video clip of Jana Bedranova on her Plein-Air Painting at Dzukuo Valley was also screened during the inaugural. The video showcased the glimps of the plein-air painting in Dzukou Valley areas. The artist who worked directly on site, portrayed the sceneries of the untouched nature. 

Plein-air painting has become the characteristics art technique for Jana as she focuses on the immersion to the landscape of Northeast India, where she currently lives and works. Walking in pristine untouched nature and discovering hidden sceneries of jungle maybe in future only utopic recall store in our memory. Her paintings can be viewed at the HIPFEST arena. 

Canon will also be conducting advance workshops on photography on 3rd December 2023 while Nikon will conduct a two-day workshop on the 7th and 8th December at the HIPFEST arena where interested persons have been invited to participate.