Tourists, both domestic and foreign, have thronged Kohima in huge numbers to take part in the festival Credit: EastMojo image

Kohima: The fourth day of the ongoing Hornbill Festival in Kisama village of Nagaland began with a victory dance by the Zeliang cultural troupe called Rehoi Lim. The dance is performed by men over 15 years of age. It symbolises victory over enemies or big animals which were considered as trophies. This was followed by bamboo dance, Sutha Lam, by a Kuki troupe.

Lunso Beru Cultural Club of Shamator Town from the Yimchunger troupe performed Kheangberü Khün, a folk song which is sung during Tsüngkamnio festival celebrated during the second week of January.

A Sumi cultural troupe performed Babu Shiha Salam Salam, an indigenous game originating in the Yemishe village during the British rule in India. It was particularly performed by the village community to welcome and honour the British officials.

A Sangtam cultural troupe presented a folk song and dance Hooto Hooto, which is performed only by men folk during the Mungmung festival. The men dance and sing holding each other’s hands.

Similary, a Ngada dance was performed by members of the Rengma tribe. The Ngada festival is celebrated towards the end of November, marking the completion of an agricultural cycle.

Wood-carving wonder

Kelethuto Yosa, a young and energetic youth from Jakhama village, is hosting a stall ‘Yosa Furniture Unit’, which makes items purely out of alder tree. Alder is also known as the state tree of Nagaland. The stall has been set up at the Bamboo Pavilion in Naga Heritage Village, Kisama.

Yosa ventured into this business out of his passion for handicrafts and wood-carving. At the same time, he also expressed his enthusiasm on tourism thereby promoting ethnicity in the form of showcasing culture and tradition to the outside world.

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