Artistes perform traditional dances of various tribes in Nagaland during the festival

Kohima: The North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC) organised a ‘national dance and music day’, which was graced by state governor PB Acharya, as part of the ongoing Hornbill Festival at the Naga Heritage Village in Kisama on Sunday.

Cultural performances from across the states were performed during the show.

The programme began with Dalkhai dance which was performed by the troupes from Odisha. This dance is usually performed on the eighth day of a full moon night by young unmarried girls. This dance describes the everyday life of the villagers and also it signifies the celebration of the beauty of young girls.

The next dance, Gumrag from Assam, was performed by the Mising community of state. The dance denotes the ceremonial sowing of paddy in the beginning of the harvest season.

Among the other performances included the Baredi dance of Madhya Pradesh performed by the Ahir community during the harvest season, Thang-ta dance from Manipur, the Wangala dance from Meghalaya, Panthi Nritya from Chattisgarh, the Cheirol Jagoi from Manipur and Rouf dance from Jammu and Kashmir, among others.

Speaking at the function, Acharya said that the NEZCC was established with the objective of promoting and preserving the rich cultural heritage of the ‘NAMASTE’ NE states (Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Assam, Sikkim, Tripura and East).

He added that the Northeast is well-known for its distinct culture and traditional lifestyle. He further said that every tribal group of these states has its own unique tribal culture, tribal folk dance, food and crafts. Although each tribe has its own identity, culture and tradition, people live in harmony and peace, he added.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh, Nagaland governor PB Acharya, Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio and other dignitaries during the inauguration of Hornbill Festival on Saturday

Earlier on Saturday, Union home minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the Hornbill Festival, considered as the mother of all festivals in Nagaland.

Speaking on the occasion, Singh said: “This spectacular event showcases the rich ancient culture and civilisation of the people of Nagaland. It powerfully demonstrates the cultural diversity and civilisational unity of the people. At the Hornbill Festival I get a glimpse of the Indian spirit of happy peaceful co-existence of the multiplicities.”

Cultural performances of 17 tribes were some of the highlights on the inaugural day, which witnessed participation of 19,953 tourists, including 382 from foreign countries, as per reports.

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