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Cultural extravaganza marks Sekrenyi



(Left) Angami womenfolk in traditional attires present a folk song. (Center) An Angami in traditional attires attend the Sekrenyi festival at Khuochiezie (local ground) Kohima on February 25. (Photo/Caisii Mao) (Right) Kaisa Rio, Governor of Nagaland Nikhil Kumar and others join the Sekrenyi feast at Khuochiezie (local ground) Kohima on February 25. (DIPR Photo)
 
Kohima, February 25 (DIPR): Dressed in colour, rich ethnic attires, the Angami ‘Sekrenyi’ festival was ushered in by various cultural troupes of the Angami region. While the men folk armed themselves with traditional weapons and armour, the women folk carried traditionally weaved bamboo baskets ‘Khans’ on their back. Loud chants and gun shots echoed the corners of the Khouchiezie grounds, where the festival was held. Nagaland Governor, Nikhil Kumar graced the occasion as the chief guest. President of Frontal Naga Tribal Hohos were the honoured guests.

Under the bold theme “Surging On”, various greetings were brought by various Hohos Presidents; musical presentation by Zowe Madrigal led by Nise Meruno and a folk song duet. The cultural hour was highlighted with indigenous games and cultural presentation of folk songs and dances. The presentation began with the ‘Thekhou’ indigenous music produced only by the women folk after harvest, basically in the October season. It is believed that each tune that the instrument produces conveys an enchanted meaning. ‘Thekhou’ was brought by the Southern Angami Women followed by an indigenous games ‘Tholi’ played by tossing wild grown seeds, spinning the top and various other cultural troupes presented folk songs and dances. The public, well wishers and tourists from across the globe joined them in the merry making. It was a spectacular display of the rich cultural at its best.

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