Hornbill festival of NAGALAND

The Hornbill festival held in the first week of December shows that with its stunning natural beauty and great cultural traditions, Nagaland can offer a rich fare to tourists.

NAGALAND, with its diverse tribal culture, is a land of festivals. A narrow strip of mountainous territory with rugged hills, emerald valleys, sparkling streams and a rich variety of flora and fauna, the 16th State of the Indian Union has salubrious climate throughout the year. It is bounded by Assam in the west, Myanmar in the east, Arunachal Pradesh in the north and Manipur in the south. Sometimes referred to as the `Switzerland of the East’, Nagaland represents unimaginable beauty, moulded perfectly for a breathtaking experience. For the adventurous, the State is an ideal place for trekking and jungle camping and offers limitless possibilities for exploring its lush sub-tropical rainforests, which are a treasure trove of medicinal plants. The 20-lakh-strong Naga people, by nature, are fun lovers, and life in Nagaland is one long festival.



Marvelous pencil art works by Lanso Yanthan

Lanso Yanthan,  Kohima, India

Artist Lanso Yanthan

More artworks by Lanso Yanthan HERE

Thuingaleng Muivah on the Naga Issue – An Interview with Subir Ghosh

Subir Ghosh: The birth of Naga nationalism is seen by many as the submision of a memorandum to the Simon Commission in 1929. Do you agree that the formation of the Naga Club was the first concrete step towards Naga nationalism?
Thuingaleng Muivah: It would be a serious mistake if one thinks that the submission of a memorandum to the Simon Commission in 1929 was the birth of Naga nationalism. The Nagas’ history did not start with this incident. Alien forces in the past had met with stiff resistance from the Nagas – the Shans from the east and the Ahoms from the west, prior to the British intrusion into Nagaland. The British sufered many setbacks from the resistance put up by the Nagas. All these acts actuated from the love of their country. Indeed, Nagas were zealous of their homeland. The formation of the Naga Club and the submission of the memorandum to the Simon Commission are, of course, historic in that the Naga Club officially repreented the Nagas and the memorandum expressed the national aspiration of the Nagas as a whole.

Subir Ghosh
: The death of Theyieu Sakhrie has been decribed time and again as the greatest tragedy of the Naga political movement. Would you agree that the Phizo-Sakhrie divide was the first sign of disunity in the Naga political movement?
Thuingaleng Muivah: T Sakhrie was a man of great intellect. We lost in him that which we cannot afford to lose. But, to safeguard the cause is supreme. The path a nation has to tread cannot be deviated on whatever account and Sakhrie became a victim of it. Phizo upheld the national commitment. We are grateful he did the right thing at the right time. Therefore, it is not a disunity question as such among the people, but blacksliding of a few, unfortunately headed by Sakhrie.

Read the full three part interview here:  first part, second part, third part
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Khwenbu, A Rengma Naga folk singer

Khwenbu sings and explain about the songs in this video


“NAGA STORY. THE OTHER SIDE OF SILENCE” a Documentary film by Gopal Menon.
Duration: 62min
With English Subtitles
VCD Rs.300, DVD Rs.500

Five years in the making, and the first comprehensive film on the Nagas and their struggle for identity, self-determination, peace and justice.The Naga Story _The Other Side of Silence_ is the first comprehensive film on the Nagas, a three million strong indigenous people, who occupy the North-East frontier of the Indian subcontinent. The film, which took five years in the making, documents human rights abuses suffered by the Nagas in more than 50 years of the existence of Independent India – with interviews, on-foot coverage and views from different sections of the Naga population including various political formations and factions.

“A film that captures the resistance, the despair, the anguish, the hopes and aspirations of a generation of Nagas in their struggle for self determination and their overwhelming desire for peace…”

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