Watch: Guitar rendition of national anthem at Hornbill Festival in Nagaland

New Delhi: It is December and Nagaland is celebrating the famous Hornbill Festival which showcases the traditional life and culture of the Nagas. This year it is the 23rd festival and is scheduled from 1st December to 10th December at Naga Heritage Village Kisama. The Hornbill Festival of Nagaland has hosted tourists from all over the world for more than 20 years, where a visitor gets a chance to see all the Naga tribes, their cultures and their unique characteristics during the 10 days of celebration.

The inaugural ceremony of The Hornbill Festival took place on 1 December and the occasion was attended by Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar as the chief guest. The national anthem was played on guitar by a Naga woman, Imnainla Jamir and the video has gone viral on social media and has been viewed thousands of times. Netizens have gone mesmerized by her tune and have shared the video all over the internet.

Netizens have also showered their comments on the video. One of them said,Naman Le Imnainla Jameer, That was awesome!!”, while another said, “As a youth from Northeast India. This is a wonderful gesture from this girl in this event. Northeast is the powerhouse of our beloved India.”

read a third comment. “She deserves to be famous. She is the face of new India… So confident, always smiling, proudly playing the national anthem, playing it from the heart, playing it in a modern style… She’s perfect Literally representing “The New Indian”.

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About Hornbill Festival:

The Hornbill Festival is an annual ten-day tourism promotion event conceived in the year 2000 and run by the state government. It serves to highlight the rich and traditional cultural heritage of Nagaland in all its ethnicity, diversity and splendour. Known as the “Festival of Festivals”, this occasion provides visitors with a unique opportunity to not only witness the diversity of Naga culture at one place, but also to showcase the diversity of the states of North East India as a means of cultural exchange. Provides an opportunity to see cultures as well. Adventure, sports, art, handicraft, fashion, music, literature etc are also included in the unique package.

This year, Kisama has over 130 stalls set up for the 10-day festival, of which 100 are occupied by micro, small and medium enterprises and 32 are temporary. Activities like music festival, photo festival, fashion show, extreme sports, night carnival etc. are included in the daily cultural events.

Hornbill Festival 2022: How to participate

Domestic tourists require Inner Line Permission from the local government, while foreign visitors must register at the Foreigner Registration Office (FRO) of the residential district within 24 hours of their arrival.

Additionally, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has come up with an attractive offer this year to make it possible for visitors to participate in the Hornbill Festival. The Northeast Indian states of Manipur and Nagaland are the destinations of an interesting 7-day tour offered by IRCTC.

The Sangai and Hornbill Festival Tour Package offered by Indian Railways is a 6-day/7-night journey. Flight tickets, hotel stay, breakfast, travel insurance, dinner and taxis for sightseeing are all included in the package, which will start in Delhi.

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