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Hornbill festival

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A primer to understanding hornbill festival in Kohima, Nagaland. Includes a brief on Nagaland, photographs, suggested travel plans and the details of what you can do and see on a tour to Hornbill Festival.

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Hornbill festival

  1. 1. www.paintedstork.com / www.darter.in Hornbill Festival www.paintedstork.com / www.darter.in First presented at a gathering of travel-enthusiasts in March 2016 at Bangalore
  2. 2. www.paintedstork.com / www.darter.in Before we talk about the festival… North-East India – Perceptions •A mysterious place! •Too remote! •Too inaccessible •Unsafe •Unfriendly •Problems of insurgency
  3. 3. www.paintedstork.com / www.darter.in A few myth-busting experiences
  4. 4. www.paintedstork.com / www.darter.in The man with a rifle… (turned out to be very genial)
  5. 5. www.paintedstork.com / www.darter.in The lady of a house who hosted absolute strangers for a cup of tea….
  6. 6. www.paintedstork.com / www.darter.in In a remote village.. Again where we were welcomed home and offered tea…
  7. 7. www.paintedstork.com / www.darter.in At a village priest’s house…
  8. 8. www.paintedstork.com / www.darter.in Going back to the myths… A mysterious place! Too remote! Too inaccessible Unsafe Unfriendly Problems of insurgency and unrest
  9. 9. www.paintedstork.com / www.darter.in Photography Tour to Hornbill Festival •See details - http://bit.ly/HornbillNE •Organized by Darter Photography (www.darter.in) •Every year, for 9 days, covering Hornbill Festival, Places in North-East India and Nagaland •Rich Photography Opportunities.
  10. 10. www.paintedstork.com / www.darter.in About Hornbill Festival •A state government initiative… •Festival of Festivals! •Dec 1-10 every year
  11. 11. www.paintedstork.com / www.darter.in Festival Venue – Kisama Heritage Village
  12. 12. www.paintedstork.com / www.darter.in Events at a glance…. •Day 1 – Inauguration • Perhaps best left to VIPs. •Day 2-9: Festival Days • Cultural events; performances • Competitions • Rock Concert • Photography exhibition and other exhibitions • Shopping • Fashion show • Local food •Day 10 – Cultural Events + Closing ceremony
  13. 13. www.paintedstork.com / www.darter.in A good travel plan…. •Two to three days at the festival venue •One day in villages nearby •For those interested – a day or two of trekking in Nagaland •A few days at the well-known sights of North- East India (Kaziranga, Shillong,…)
  14. 14. www.paintedstork.com / www.darter.in Naga people & a background to the festival •17 different communities •Many of them sharing some common traits •Why are they called Nagas? •Spread across Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal and Myanmar
  15. 15. www.paintedstork.com / www.darter.in Naga people & community living •Village as a society •Concept of Khel, age-groups •Morung and log-drum
  16. 16. www.paintedstork.com / www.darter.in Morung & Log Drum
  17. 17. www.paintedstork.com / www.darter.in Performances at the arena
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  21. 21. www.paintedstork.com / www.darter.in In the amphitheatre
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  24. 24. www.paintedstork.com / www.darter.in At the Morungs
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  30. 30. www.paintedstork.com / www.darter.in At the villages There are two popularly visited villages •Kigwema •Short drive from Kisama Heritage Village •Khonoma •An hour’s drive from Kohima
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  38. 38. www.paintedstork.com / www.darter.in Logistics •Gateways – Guwahati / Jorhat / Dimapur •Don’t forget to book in advance •Kohima runs out of rooms at all budgets during the festival days. •Engage the services of a local guide when you visit the villages •Private vehicles are essential to visit the villages
  39. 39. www.paintedstork.com / www.darter.in Thank you! www.paintedstork.com / www.darter.in

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