With cultural performances, religious prayers and even food stalls, it was an event to remember
Bengaluru: The Naga Students’ Union Bangalore (NSUB) celebrated its golden jubilee launch event at the United Theological College Campus in Bengaluru, Karnataka on February 23. The chief guest for the event was Thotngam Jamang, department of co-operative banking supervision, Reserve Bank of India.
The evening began with a prayer by Rev Dr K H Reihe, pastor, Poumai Naga Baptist Church Bangalore. Nuthipru Nienu, the president of NSUB, felicitated the chief guest, the VIPs from across the Northeast states, co-sponsors, ex-officials of the NSUB and the pastors, among others. Nienu launched the official website of the NSUB, which was designed and developed by Supongkiba Kichu.
The NSUB logo, along with the motto 'Building Resilience Beyond Challenges', was unveiled by the chief guest; Bendang Yanger, convener of the NSUB Golden Jubilee; and the NSUB president. This was followed by the euphoric NSUB anthem composed by the 'Red Light Passengers'. Bridge, an original poem composed by I Zulu Jamir was recited by Sentilong.
The chief guest, in his talk, reminded the audience that they should always remember and acknowledge the pioneers whose vision and forward thinking, has laid the foundation for the Nagas in Bengaluru. The session came to an end with a solo by Ranglung Salie, followed by a vote of thanks by Atoka Zhimomi and benediction by Haigwateing Meru, pastor, Zeme Christian Fellowship Bangalore.
The most-awaited second session began with a cultural showcase of competing tribes. The first prize was bagged by the Angami Students’ Union Bangalore, followed by Poumai Naga Students’ Union Bangalore, with the third place bagged by the Ao Kaketshir Telongjem Bangalore (Ao Students’ Union Bangalore).
The event also witnessed a guest artist from Tangkhul community, Chonchon Varah, who lighted the stage on fire. The competitors in the solo category got the crowd screaming and cheering. While the judges were deliberating over the scores, the crowd witnessed the awesome and mesmerising beatboxing talent of Thejangulie Yiese.
The first place was rightly deserved by Sunep Lemtur representing Ao, second by Ruth Murry representing Lotha, third was shared by two individuals Dziiphro Terri from Mao and Kuputo K Wotsa from the Sumi tribe. The programme concluded with a prayer from Abraham Maluk, chaplain, Tangkhul Christian Fellowship Bangalore.
The evening was made even more celebratory with the many food stalls selling their hot-steaming momos, sizzling sausages and meat loaves, comforting Naga thalis and sinful desserts.