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“The dying giant” released

Naga Council Dimapur (NCD) president, Savi Liegise (centre) with NEZCC director, Som Kamei (left), and the director of the documentary ‘The dying giant’, N Jagoi, at the release of the documentary at NEZCC complex, Dimapur, Wednesday. (Morung Photo)
DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 8 (MExN): A short documentary film “The dying giant” directed by senior local journalist, Ngathingkhui Jagoi, was released Wednesday afternoon here at NEZCC complex by Naga Council Dimapur (NCD) President, Savi Liegise, in presence of NEZCC director, Som Kamei, and other invitees.
The film which was also screened today depicts the dying agrarian practice of the Tangkhul Nagas called ‘Lengvei Kaphung’ –that of carrying more than 300kgs paddy by menfolk during harvest season. In olden days, ‘Lengvei Kaphung’ or carrying giant load is a challenge for all menfolk of the village to prove their physical prowess. Whatever paddy a man harvested, he carried the paddy tightly pack in shawls and secured by vine ropes. His wife or fiancée usually follows him to offer rice beer at every resting spot. Those menfolk not taking part in the competition help in packing the paddy into the shawls, loading and unloading of the giant load.
There is no prize for the man who carried the heaviest load as the traditional practice in the olden days when the world belonged to the physically strong was to identify the strongest man in the village.
Congratulating Jagoi in his maiden venture, the chief guest also acknowledged the role of NEZCC in preserving and promoting the vibrant culture and traditions of various communities in North East. Citing the cultural festival organized by NCD in 2009, which was sponsored by NEZCC, Savi said that Dimapur also called as “mini India” for its cosmopolitan composition can become the seat of culture, with different communities co-existing in harmony.
NEZCC director, Som Kamei, in his introductory address said that the documentary film is part of an effort to preserve the dying culture and art forms of the NE region. He also said that NE region is a treasure trove of traditional knowledge systems as also depicted in “The dying giant.”
Jagoi in his vote of thanks conveyed gratitude to all those behind the making of the film, especially the sponsor NEZCC.

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