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Hornbill Festival 2012, Nagaland ● Photo Showcase

— by Parmita Borah | Bangalore
Hundreds gathered at the the Hornbill Festival 2012, a week long celebration that showcases Nagaland's rich tribal culture. Launched in the year 2000, this visually extravagant festival is celebrated during the first week of December every year to celebrate Nagaland's socio-cultural heritage.

Named after the bird, Hornbill Festival is one of the largest celebrations of the indigenous warrior tribes of Nagaland and therefore re-enactment of battles is a core part of the performances. Every session at this festival is kicked off with the traditional war cry from the hundreds of performers in their traditional attire. The dance performances have different stories to tell - from harvesting to legends, as spectators sit in open-air ampi-theaters and relish their eyes on the kaleidoscopic view of art and culture.

This annual fete with an orgy of music, dance, traditional games and skills, food, films, beauty pageants and peace rallies forms a meeting ground for the age old traditions and the progressive artists of the state.

Sudeepta Barua shares some of the variegated moments of the Hornbill Festival that he captured though his lens.

- Edited by Parmita Borah

Hornbill Festival, Nagaland - Sudeepta Barua photography (© EF News International)
Hornbill Festival 2012, Nagaland (photo - Sudeepta Barua)

Hornbill Festival 2012, Nagaland - Sudeepta Barua photography (© EF News International)
Hornbill Festival 2012, Nagaland (photo - Sudeepta Barua)
Hornbill Festival, Kisama Village - Sudeepta Barua photography (© EF News International)
Hornbill Festival 2012, Nagaland (photo - Sudeepta Barua)

Hornbill Festival, Kohima - Sudeepta Barua photography (© EF News International)
Hornbill Festival 2012, Nagaland (photo - Sudeepta Barua)
Hornbill Festival, Kohima, Nagaland - Sudeepta Barua photography (© EF News International)
Hornbill Festival 2012, Nagaland (photo - Sudeepta Barua)
Hornbill Festival, Kisama, Nagaland - Sudeepta Barua photography (© EF News International)
Hornbill Festival 2012, Nagaland (photo - Sudeepta Barua)
Hornbill Festival, Kisama - Sudeepta Barua photography (© EF News International)
Hornbill Festival 2012, Nagaland (photo - Sudeepta Barua)

Hornbill Festival, Kohima, Nagaland - Sudeepta Barua photography (© EF News International)
Hornbill Festival 2012, Nagaland (photo - Sudeepta Barua)

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