The unique Hornbill Festival of Nagaland concluded on Saturday with thousands of visitors, including tourists participating in the “Unity Dance” around the mega bonfire to the tune of traditional Naga howling and beats of log drums at the picturesque Naga Heritage Village in Kisama under Kohima district.
Nagaland Governor P B Acharya released the Nagaland Vision 2030 document on the occasion. Chief Minister TR Zeliang delivering the closing speech said through this vision document, "we are charting out the broad contours of our visions and dreams for the future of the state for the next 15 years or so". "It outlines our visions on creating employment opportunities for our youth, on women empowerment, on improving the income and standard of living of the people in general, on improving connectivity within the state, and with the neighbouring countries", Zeliang maintained.
Zeliang also sought the cooperation of the Governor and also the people of Nagaland in taking forward and in implementing the Nagaland Vision 2030. "It is only with the active involvement and cooperation of every citizen that these visions can be converted into a reality," he added. Newly crowned Miss Nagaland, Vilokali Zhimomi lit the bonfire which was followed by the unity dance and Christmas concert by renowned artists from within and outside the state.
A total of 1,12,604 visitors, including 1,646 foreign tourists, 14,962 domestic and 95,996 locals enjoyed the festival, said Tourist Officer of the Department of Tourism, Toka E. Tuccumi.
SNF Band of Nagaland has won the coveted title of Hornbill International Rock Contest 2016. In the final of the contest held last night here, SNF Nagaland pipped eight other bands from different parts of the country to win the cash prize of Rs 10 lakh. Crystal and the Witches from Sikkim bagged the second prize of Rs 2 lakh while The Prophets from Mizoram won the third position of Rs 1 lakh.
In the individual awards the best vocals went to The Prophets, best guitarist was from SNF, Crystal and the Witches got the best drummer, and the best bassist award was bagged by Mount Groove from Darjeeling. The other finalists who also performed were Mount Groove (Darjeeling), A Touch of Madness (Nagaland), Anti-Trust (Nagaland), Ambush(Assam), Soul Bucket (Nagaland) and I Am We (Kolkata). The judges for the contest were Rudy Wallang, Luke Kenny and Atsung Jamir.
Organised annually as part of the Hornbill Festival by the state's Music Task Force under Youth Resources and Sports Department, the acclaimed Hornbill International Rock Contest had 20 bands jamming it up before a cheering and clapping audience. Meanwhile, the closing ceremony of 10-day long Hornbill Festival will be held at this evening at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama here