Monday, February 6, 2023

Over 1 lakh visitors attended Hornbill Festival till Dec 8


The number of visitors has been steadily increasing as the ongoing Hornbill Festival at Heritage Village, Kisama entered its 8th day on Thursday.
With two more days remaining for the curtains to fall on the “festival of festivals”, the total number of visitors crossed the one lakh mark (around 1.28 lakh) on Thursday. After the number of visitors fell to a low of a little over 9,000 on Monday, there has been a steady upward trend since then.
In fact, Thursday saw the second highest number of visitors (13,189), the highest being on Sunday when the number of visitors reached a high of 19,393.
However, foreigner visitors to the festival have dwindled, with their number dropping to only 46 on Thursday. Domestic tourists, whose numbers were increasing, reached 5,021 during the day, while the number of local visitors was 8,122.
Meanwhile, during the morning session, Tata Steel Foundation CEO Sourav Roy was the chief guest, while Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited’s Retail Business Eastern Region head Debashis Naik was the honoured guest.
The host and co-host during the festival were Health minister S Pangnyu Phom and Technical Education and Election adviser Medo Yhokha respectively. Cultural troupes from Sumi, Zeliang, Kuki, Rengma, Kachari, Pochury and Ao performed during the day.
The afternoon session was held with IGAR (North) Maj Gen Vikas Lakhera as the chief guest, while Soil & Water Conservation and Geology & Mining minister V Kashiho Sangtam was the host and Treasuries & Accounts and National Highways adviser Dr Longriniken as the co-host.
During the session, cultural troupes from Angami, Lotha, Pochury, Ao, Sumi and Rengma tribes performed dances and songs.

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