Hornbill Art Festival enthralls public

The Hornbill Public Art Festival, Nagaland's first International Public Art Festival was held from 1st to 7th December 2011, at the Kisama heritage village & Kohima., as part of the annual Hornbill Festival. The event was inaugurated by Dr Shürhozelie who commended this initiative by art curator Sayantan Maitra and Theja Meru, Organizer and Event Manager from the Rattle and Hum Music Society. This unique effort of bringing contemporary art to public spaces in second tier cities is the brain child of Sayantan who was also the Curator & Artistic Director for the Public Art festival at Sikkim called Blooming Sikkim 2011, earlier this year.
In a first of its kind attempt, this public art project was aimed  at getting contemporary and subversive artists from not just the North East, but the whole country and even abroad, to address the current environmental as well as socio-political issues and create awareness through art. Located at about 20 different locations in and around the city, the artworks were interactive in nature for the people to engage with them. Sanchayan Ghosh’s installation called 'Alder Shelter' is an interactive installation in relation to the evolving landscape of Nagaland and its youth. Reflecting on the creative musical talent of Nagamese youth, the massive interactive light and sound installation structure situated in the parking lot of Indira Gandhi Stadium could be activated by a guitar played live by the visitors. The basic structure of the installation was  made out of pieces of alder tree that constitute the core of the Nagaland landscape and its environment. Opposite the war cemetery, two more artworks were placed along the main road by local artist Vikhor Tepa and the well known Delhi based artist from Kolkata, Susant Mandal, The multimedia nature of the art event was seen from the three artworks that were put up in the bus terminus area- one, a telephone based piece, another, a video installation whereas the third, a sound-scape.