Deputy Consul General of Australia, Daniel Sim said that Australia "recognizes the iconic and world renowned Hornbill Festival and the rich culture and heritage of the people".
The deputy consul general was addressing a programme on the fourth day of the Hornbill Festival 2021 at Kisama, Kohima, Nagaland, as guest of honour. He said that this festival is the ultimate multi-sensory experience showcasing the special and diverse culture of the state and most importantly this festival tells the story of Nagaland to the world.
He added that he is looking forward to getting to know the Nagas more, through art, music, architecture, textile and handicraft, film and literature and strengthen the links in terms of cultural and trade investment links.
Meanwhile, the fourth day of the festival witnessed colourful cultural dances, songs and games performed by the various tribes of Nagaland during ‘Cultural connect session’. Mulo Phe, a traditional dance, Kongkik Tokyubü (Mouth organ), Rong Dea (Stone lifting), An Tepong Raka (Cock fight), Yamke Jihang (Peace treaty dance), Tati pfe (folk song), Ok-pu Mongme-pu Ongpu (Folk dance on victory), Ham Teuk (Baking traditional earthen pots) and Sharise (Folk dance) dominated the occasion.
Guest of honour, AVSM, YSM, DG Assam Rifles Shillong, Lt. Gen PC Nair; hosts of the day’s event, Minister of Tourism and Art & Culture, H. Khehovi Yepthomi, Minister and Advisor Horticulture, Mhathung Yanthan and other delegates, tourists and visitors witnessed the cultural extravaganza.
Nair, in a brief address, mentioned that Hornbill Festival is a very unique festival and a platform for domestic and foreign tourists to come and witness the vibrant traditional events of the various tribes.
Later in the day, cultural presentations of Alo Mudan (Folk dance), Phakensü (High Kicking), Daosri Delia (Folk dance), Rangshi Thahmülitaba (Indigenous game), Aki Kiti leg fight Supusu Spear Kicking, Kang-Kap (Indigenous game), Magubo (Howling) Chen Huma (Traditional archery game) were performed by various troupes.