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overwhelming dances and rituals were based on agriculture and fertility, the warrior tribes like the Konyak, Chang, Yimchunger, Sema and a few others displayed some amazing war dances and head hunting rituals that were practiced in the days of yore... complete with log drum beating, mock fighting and torching of other villages. The second day of the festival was meant for performers from the rest of the Northeastern states and what a fantastic show they put up throughout the day. But if you think that the Hornbill Festival is only about dances... you are mistaken. There were ethnic Naga cuisine, exquisite handicraft and handloom, kids carnival, night bazaars, music – both traditional and contemporary, a superb show of fusion music compromising musicians from all the states of the Northeastern region, literary fest, fashion shows, beauty contest and fun events like climbing a greased bamboo pole and Naga King Chilli eating contests which saw a whole lot of contestants crying “FIRE”!! Stalls with Naga cuisine drew large crowds. The lifting of the Protected Area Permits for foreigners resulted in a huge number of western tourists flocking to the Heritage Village and making a beeline to the ethnic food stall. Never mind the fire chilly, they had the sweet rice beer to wash it down! Music is an integral part of Naga culture and the Rock Contest held as part of the festival was a huge draw. The contest, held by the Music Task Force set up by the Government to promote music in the state, is one of the biggest of its kind in the country. I am sure the bands didn’t mind the freezing cold



January 2012

An Indian Journey  
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